Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Shooting Star'

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: Shooting Star
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall






Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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

Brea, California

Concord, California

Elk Grove, California

Eureka, California

Laguna Beach, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Martinez, California

Merced, California

Napa, California

Oak View, California

Sacramento, California

San Anselmo, California

San Jose, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Fort White, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Niceville, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Douglasville, Georgia

Patterson, Georgia

Prospect, Kentucky

Edwardsburg, Michigan

Southold, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Greenville, South Carolina

Euless, Texas

Houston, Texas

Auburn, Washington

Cascade-fairwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2015, beachwoman from South Kingstown, RI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant was a Mothers' Day gift in 2014. I took a chance and planted it outside in my southern RI garden (zone 6). Covered it during the winter months and it's still going strong!! This spring I planted another one in a different part of the yard. Fingers crossed!


On Jul 28, 2011, jillybean78 from Manhattan Beach, CA wrote:

I planted three of these in my garden. One was a gift and the others are from Trader Joe's (only place I could find them). They are three years old and they are very large and magnificent.


On Oct 1, 2009, jerry31557 from Patterson, GA wrote:

I have one plant that is about 50 years old and still going strong. It is quite different and beautiful. I would highly recommend it to anyone.


On Jul 5, 2008, LynnBia from Mint Hill, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought this at Harris Teeter (groc store) in Mint Hill, NC, zone 7.5. I thought it was beautiful, but I lost the info tag and wasn't sure if it'd be hardy here, so I kept it under grow lights last winter, and it did fine, of course. Then I thought, what the heck, and planted it in the ground this spring. It is blooming now and is absolutely gorgeous, and I think with some good mulching, it'll survive our (getting warmer) winters. We'll see.


On Feb 26, 2008, yotedog from Raleigh, NC wrote:

There was a debate long ago on the Hydrangea forum about the "real" cultivar name for Shooting Star. The confusion arose because of several look-a-like plants ('Hanabi' 'Fuji Waterfall' 'Hayes Starburst'and 'Fireworks') and due to Trademarked versus Cultivar names.
Per Gene Griffith at Wilkerson Gardens"... 'Shooting Star' is Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hanabi.' ** A tissue culture firm introduced 'Hanabi' as 'Fuji Waterfall' which is really wrong since there is also a distinctly separate plant that is the serrata form Hydrangea serrata 'Fuji-no-taki' (which translated means Fuji Waterfall).
Terra Nova also has H. m. Hanabi--sometimes called 'Sumida-no-hanabi' (which means fireworks over hanabi), hence the confusion as to the 'Fireworks' name.
'Hayes Starburst' is a comp... read more


On Dec 21, 2006, lunavox from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was given a pot of this plant at my bridal shower and I used its flowers in my hair during my wedding. They are *so* beautiful-- perfect white stars and tiny clusters of blue. I repotted it and it survived much neglect and then it bloomed twice this past summer. It tried to bloom a third time but frost cut that short.


On Aug 19, 2005, EmperorDragon from Elk Grove, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Shooting Star exhibits brilliant white multi-petaled 'stars' shoot from the flower like fireworks. Shooting Star is by far the longest lasting of all Lace Cap varieties and is suitable for the outdoors in many regions. Special and unique, Shooting Star is bound to cause a stir among friends and neighbors. You're sure to enjoy it!

In its leafless dormant state, 20-50 degrees F. In its growing state, it tolerates 38-90 degrees F, but prefers 55-75 degrees F.

Drench thouroughly when watering. Remove excess water after watering.

In bloom indoors, any light, but prefers medium light. In the garden, morning sun, afternoon shade.

No fertilizer required during blooming. Use acid fertilizer otherwise.

Use peatmoss and topsoi... read more