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Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea 'Homigo'

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: Homigo
Additional cultivar information:(aka Hovaria Homigo, Kaleidoscope series)
Hybridized by Hofstede
Registered or introduced: 1996
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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 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)


Light Blue

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



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)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By serpentine layering

By stooling or mound layering

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

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Malvern, Arkansas

Sebastopol, California

Hanna City, Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky

Ford City, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Manassas, Virginia

Reston, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 3, 2013, june14 from Sebastopol, CA wrote:

It started out as a very pretty blue hydrangea. It has changed now to a blue pink and isn't as pretty. I know it has to do with the acid in the soil but only a few feet away I have two gorgeous blue hydrangeas so I think it has something to do with the plant also.


On Jul 23, 2009, patsotr from Milwaukee, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had both the homigo and hobella hydrangea's for three years. I bought them from QVC. They have beautiful leaves, but since the first year, no more blooms. At the time, the QVC/Cottage Gardens salespeople on the TV really praised these hydrangeas and said that they were hardy to zone 5. Hardy, but don't flourish. They have a tendency for the wood to die down during our winters, they come back in the spring with new wood, but they do not flower on new wood. I decided to look this up again as our local Steins Garden centers in the area are selling the homigo Hydrangea 50% off and advertising them as"Blooms on current season's growth providing more blooms and longer bloom time. I wish this was true! I have tried putting one in a pot and bringing it in for the winter and out for... read more


On May 9, 2006, RipKo97 from Toluca, IL wrote:

I bought two Homigo Hydrangeas last year. They were large with the most beautiful pink flowers.

Unfortunately, I didn't have time to plant them properly. I planted one on the west side of the house. I took off the top layer of grass and dug a hole. The other was planted on the north side of the house at the very edge of an existing flower bed. We had an extremely dry summer and I wasn't able to water them like I should have. Both plants appeard to have died from the transplant shock and drought. The plant on the west side of the house did not over winter. However, the plant on the north side of the house made it through. It's not very big, but I will give it the extra pampering it deserves and hope for the best.

The tag that came with the hydrangeas states th... read more


On Jul 19, 2005, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

If you are having trouble getting your plant to produce 3 distinct colors, read this:

Blooms are supposed to start out blue (or maybe pink depending on ph - literature varies as to whether this plant is ph sensitive), change to green as they age, and finally dry rosy red.

The 1st year mine went from blue to green but browned and withered before turning red. This year we experienced a drought during spring and early summer - with only 1/5 the normal rain fall. I was shocked to see the blooms begin to turn a lovely bright rose. Apparently, if the plant receives too much water or humidity, the blooms brown before they have a chance to "dry" to the rose hue.

Soon after the 1st blooms turned red, the hurricanes brought torrential rains. Almost ... read more


On Jun 26, 2005, ky_gardener from Louisville, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought this two years ago at our local Meijer store. It sounded different so I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did. It has really filled in nicely and the blooms this year are profuse. I am definitely going back for more as this is a showstopper in my yard.


On May 13, 2005, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I was walking through a nursery passing by the hydrangea not expecting anything out of the ordinary beside the normal Nikko Blue which has not shown to bloom here in central Illinois. I passed by this big flower im not accustomed to seeing. It said on the tag Homigo. I looked at plant closely to inspect and noticed that it had pretty much been all new wood with the biggest flower appearing to be coming directly out of the soil. I purchased the plant but thinking that maybe it could flower here but the next year provided nothing. So as Endless Summer became more available I decided to dig up the Homigo and replace it but upon my digging I noticed that there was one flower bud, thinking this was just a small thing It wasnt worth my while still keeping it so I dug it out. After digging ... read more


On Apr 7, 2005, Maylith from Manassas, VA wrote:

I apologize if I use any incorrect terms, I am a beginning gardener. I live in Manassas, Virginia, USA, very close to Washington D.C.

I bought a "Homigo" hydrangea from Springhill Nurseries last year (I just called them literally 5 minutes ago, and they no longer carry it), with the intention that it should become a focal point in the rather small yard of my townhome. The yard is shaded in the morning (as the townhouse faces north) and gets fairly strong afternoon sun.

When it arrived it had just one bloom, and I planted it in a container. It did very well there by my doorstep. The foliage is green, a slightly toothy oval shape, and it developed a very pretty bronze tinge all along the edge of the leaves -- not black/burnt, it seems to be a normal coloration... read more


On Nov 15, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of the Hovaria series (called Kaleidoscope in the US). According to Michael A. Dirr in Hydrangeas for American Gardens, "Although the flowers are magnificent, they lack of cold hardiness and/or high mildew susceptibility are garden liabilities."

I have scoured the internet trying to find a zone hardiness for these plants but have come up empty-handed (or empty-zoned). None of the sites that sell this plant list a zone range for it. Several have suggested that it be grown as a container plant. Even the Hovaria site ( does not list a zone hardiness for this plant, they simply say, "Most Hydrangeas are hardy. This means that the branches and the buds that still are not opened will not be killed by frostbite. It may happen (especially with container p... read more