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Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Silver Variegated Mariesii'

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: Silver Variegated Mariesii
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Merced, California

Tinley Park, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Nacogdoches, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 30, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Probably not a Hydrangea for someone looking for flower production, but the ones it does give are quite nice. Of course, the foliage is the real draw with this one, very nicely edged in white, wonderful in the shade garden!


On Dec 8, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

From the source "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press):

Supposedly this is a renamed version of 'Mariesii Variegata' or 'Maculata' and is the same plant. Actual name in book is 'Mariesii Silver'.


On Sep 22, 2004, m20361 from Fayetteville, NC wrote:

Easily grown, but it's really more of a foliage plant as it flowers poorly, if at all. The growth is often nipped by a late freeze and this impedes flower bud production. Still, a good-looking plant.


On Sep 1, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not as floriferous as most of the mopheads but the flowers are nice and the foliage is spectacular. Very easy to grow. The easiest way to propagate is by layering - just put a brick on a long stem and forget it.


On Jan 20, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Acidic soil is required for the best color. The variegated foliage is especially attractive on this variety.