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Endless Summer Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

Description:

A mophead hydrangea that can bloom on both the current season's growth as well as the previous year's growth. Endless Summer hydrangea greatly outperforms the old-fashioned Hydrangea macrophylla. Unlike most hydrangeas, this one has the ability to bloom as far north as Minnesota (maybe much further). In the south, where hydrangeas rarely bloom more than once per summer, 'Endless Summer' will often produce a full set of blooms twice each summer. 'Endless Summer' may be blue, pink, or lavender, depending on the soil in which it is grown. It will not be dark blue, deep pink or purple. The intensity of a hydrangea, for the most part, stays the same, no matter what color it is. 'Endless Summer' is always light in intensity. Hydrangeas have even been used for medical purposes! Long ago, Native Americans realized that the root and bark of the Hydrangea had medicinal benefits. They used it to detoxify the system, ease burns and treat sprains. Today, several naturopaths use the plant to create tonics that aid in the treatment of kidney stones and other bladder issues. In Japan, the Hydrangea is also used to make an herbal tea.

Habitat:

This Hydrangea is also cold hardy. It can survive in zone 4 climates.

Notes:

The change in flower color results from lower pH and higher aluminum content in the soil. Endless Summer was discovered by a nursery in Minnesota.

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LeahFerneReed
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LeahFerneReed

Sacramento, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2012
Submitted on Jun 6, 2012

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