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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mariesii Variegata'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mariesii Variegata

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral plantgnome1 On May 23, 2012, plantgnome1 from nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Totally agree with Imelling-mine is only 8 inches tall since I just planted it in the fall. This spring the leaves started out variegated but now the new foliage is coming in just green with no variegation. I don't know if this is normal, but I was hoping for it to be true to name and be variegated. Thats why I ordered them. Now I have three, they are all doing the same thing, I could have just bought regular lace caps for this effect.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On May 16, 2012, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've found this Hydrangea to be very easy to propagate. I pack the potting soil down tight in a pot, make a hole with a bamboo stick, sprinkle rooting hormone powder in the hole and then insert the cutting, packing the soil tight around the stem. It seems to help to leave the pot with the cutting in a shallow tray of water (about 1/2 inch deep) for the first week or two of propagation, then remove from the water tray once the stems seem stabilized.


Positive flyyak37212 On May 26, 2008, flyyak37212 from Norfolk, VA wrote:

I have 2 of these gorgeous plants. One in full sun severely curbs growth by mid-summer; it is in a well-augmented bed, great drainage. It is maybe 2 feet tall. The other, planted at the same time in a narrow bed, poorly augmented, questionable drainage, not as much direct sun, has gone crazy! If not for pruning, it would exceed 5 feet. It is 4 feet wide and gets pruned frequently. Unlike other reports here, when this bush blooms, you can hardly see the foliage. The blooms are full, lush, and astonishingly colored. Edges of the blooms have begun to open. When it is in full bloom, I'll post a photo. One negative: they tend to get a fungus, spotting the leaves, causing loss of foliage (after blooms). Treatable with fungacide.

Positive pinkypetunia On Apr 10, 2007, pinkypetunia from Poplarville, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

I got my plant from a neighbors garden by simple layering, take a healthy,soft wood branch near the bottom of the plant, disturb the soil under the branch, lay a brick on the branch, water well and cover w/ mulch, I used nearby pine straw. Keep watered for several months, after aprox. 3-4 months, a lovely new plant. These hydrangeas are really delicate looking and beautiful. It is tough as well, I had just gotten mine established when my DH cut it to the ground w/ his weedeater. I cried, for real. Within a week, it was sprouting again, now as good as new. I highly recommend for my area.

Positive jmarc On Dec 12, 2004, jmarc from Winston, GA wrote:

Propagation is by softwood cuttings under intermittent mist

Neutral lmelling On Dec 7, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From the source "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), Green leaves with white margins. Not particularly stabile and apt to revert. Cold sensitive. Flowers pinkish white alkaline; blue in acid soil. Dirr says he has doubts about the validity of this variegated form being a sport of Mariesii. AKA 'Maculata'.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cameron Park, California
Poway, California
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Suwanee, Georgia
Winston, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Reading, Massachusetts
Poplarville, Mississippi
Brick, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Coram, New York
New Hyde Park, New York
Glouster, Ohio
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harrisville, Rhode Island
North Augusta, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Rockwood, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Radford, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Martinsburg, West Virginia
West Bend, Wisconsin

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