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Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Mophead 'Mathilda Gutges'

Hydrangea macrophylla

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mathilda Gutges
Additional cultivar information:(aka Mathilda Gges, Mathilda Guges)
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Dark Blue



Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Livermore, California

Gonzales, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland

Fenton, Michigan

Whiting, New Jersey

Buffalo, New York

North Providence, Rhode Island

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 7, 2015, SpringwoodGrdns from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

Due to questionable bud-hardiness combined with its apparent dwarf-size, I decided to keep mine in a 5-gallon deco pot. Over three seasons, it has not surpassed 18" in height. Branch structure is tight and full. Produces advertised multi-colored blooms up to 6" in diameter, that change through stages of pinks, blues and purples as they mature.


On May 5, 2008, k1870 from Fenton, MI wrote:

The Hydrangea that I have will produce flowers from green, blue or pink depending on the acid level of the soil.


On Dec 2, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Looking at references on this hydrangea, I seem to find some conflicts. According to the authors of "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press), this cultivar grows to 3', has serrate sepals, changes color easily and is not easily obtainable in the trade.

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says that this cultivar is 4'-5' tall and has lustrous dark green leaves; flowers mid to late season and may have pink, blue, or violet flowers or a combination of all 3. Sepals are sharply dentate to entire. Dirr notes that this may be the same hydrangea known as 'Royal Purple'.

I have two one-year-old 'Royal Purple' hydrangea given to me by a grower in fall of 2003. In summer of 2004 these had overwinte... read more