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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Shooting Star'


USDA Zones 5-10

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Full sun on the coast; partial shade where afternoons are hot

Likes slightly acid soils, 6.1 to 6.5.

Rich, porous soil; lighten heavy clay soils by mixing in compost or peat moss

Needs regular water

Deciduous shrub grows approximately 3-5 feet (0.91-1.52 m) high and wide

This cultivar falls into the lacecap group of H. macrophylla - which have flattened flowerheads. The flowers on this cultivar are pure white, double, and shaped like a star


There has been some confusion about the name of this plant. Basically, 'Shooting Star' is a re-named plant that is really Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hanabi'. A tissue culture firm introduced 'Hanabi' to this country under the name 'Fuji Waterfall'. So H. m. 'Shooting Star' equals H.m. 'Hanabi' equals H.m. 'Fuji Waterfall' and also H. m. 'Fireworks'.

So, if you want that hydrangea you keep seeing at the florists', now you know what to buy at the nursery.

Despite the name confusion, it is a fantastic plant that is versatile and useful in containers as well as shrub borders or as specimen plants flowering in mid to late summer.

Each of its double flowers is shaped like a star within a star and holds its white color for four to six weeks before maturing into a greenish hue, which lasts another four to six weeks. And unlike most other lace caps, its sterile blooms don't sprinkle pollen onto the furniture or floor below if you have a potted plant indoors.


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