Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Taube'

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: Taube
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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:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



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

San Leandro, California

Baltimore, Maryland

Ithaca, New York

North Augusta, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 3, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased one of these lacecaps in 1997, not realizing it was a zone 6 plant and it is planted next to our foundation on the north side of our home. Although it does bloom occasionally, most years the spring frost get the blooms before they have a chance to develop. It has only bloomed perhaps twice following mild winters and warm springs here in zone 5b but occasionally surprises me.

'Taube' AKA as 'Teller Pink', and 'Dove' generally blooms a rich pink to darkest royal blue, ours blooms more of a violet pink when it does bloom. The flowers are large and flattened with nearly round sepals. Bloom time is late July through August. It is stout growing and the foliage is a lovely dark green.