Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap 'Mariesii Variegata'

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: Mariesii Variegata
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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:


Medium Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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:


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 21, 2017, ColleenJ from Snohomish, WA wrote:

I have noticed that hydrangea's dont mind being in full shade. I have one in part sun/shade and its doing ok. Bit the one in full shade is doing way better.


On May 30, 2016, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I have had my Mariesii variegata for fifteen years at least, and it has retained splashes of its variegated foliage. It is in a shady spot where it receives a little sun, and probably not enough water during dry spells. It was stunted and crowded for a few years until I dug out some self-layered branches of a neighboring vigorous oakleaf hydrangea. Now it's had three seasons to fill out, and it has reached maybe a four foot spread. Its blooms are developing this year. It has not been a star in the garden, but worth keeping around, and trying to improve its conditions. It seems I must trim the branches on the oakleaf hydrangea again.


On Jun 9, 2015, SpringwoodGrdns from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

Terrible. I've relocated the plant several times and it continues to die to the ground over winter no matter how I try and protect it. In addition it produces only a handful of new canes with weak floppy stems. AND, after 3 years it's now reverting to all green which now makes it useless as a foliage plant.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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

Propagation is by softwood cuttings under intermittent mist


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'.