The distinctive characteristic of Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lady in Red’ is its red stems, red petioles and red leaf veins. It is an open-pollinated seedling of H. m. 'Otaksa' bred by Michael Dirr. A US Plant Patent, US PP15,175, was issued in September, 2004.
Inflorescence: The lacecap corymbs, 130mm across, open in late spring as either pale pink or light blue, depending on soil conditions. Aging to a burgundy rose later in the season as the foliage changes to rich purple.
Bred by Michael A. Dirr of the University of Georgia, USA in 2002.
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: Medium (to 1.25m).
Color in neutral soil:
Pale pink (fertile flowers are blue-purple)
Color in acidic soil with AI present:
Ray florets: 4 sepals, slightly serrated, rounded, overlapping, maturing from pale pink to burgundy rose. 40mm diam.
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, moderately glossy. 120mm l x 60mm w.