Hydrangea macrophylla 'Generale Vicomtesse de Vibraye'

Common hydrangea

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Deciduous shrub

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Plant details

A mophead or hortensia hydrangea, with very large rounded heads composed almost entirely of large sterile florets. As with all these varieties, the colours tend be pink, red or purple on alkaline soils, blue on acid soils or when treated with a blueing agent. Plants are nominally very hardy but late frosts can damage the buds, so grow them in a sheltered corner or against a warm wall in cold gardens. This variety is very free-flowering but tends to have some long weak stems, and these are cut out spring, the only regular pruning needed. Water well in dry weather. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Hydrangea

Species: macrophylla

Cultivar: Generale Vicomtesse de Vibraye

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

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