Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Beauté Vendômoise’
A seedling of H. m. ‘Mariesii Grandiflora’ x ‘Rosea’, bred by Emile Mouillère, France, in 1908.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Beauté Vendômoise’ has huge ray florets, perhaps second in size only to H. paniculata ‘Le Vasterival’. It is a most spectacular lacecap, always attracting attention in the garden.
Inflorescence: Lacecap, 230mm across. The exceptionally large sepals, pinkish white to pale blue, almost cover the mid-blue fertile flowers.
Colour in neutral soil: Pinkish white
Colour in acidic soil with Al present: Pale blue-ish white
Ray florets: 4 huge sepals, deltoid in shape, entire, not overlapping. 50m diam.
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: Large (to 2m).
Leaves: Simple, opposite and deciduous. Broadly ovate to broadly elliptic. Margin: serrate. Apex: apiculate. Base: attenuate. Venation pattern: pinnate. Texture of adaxial and abaxial surfaces: smooth, glabrous, glossy, 220mm l x 140mm w.