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Need Hydrangea ID

Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 24, 12 at 11:08

I picked up this Hydrangea at the local supermarket in the florist dept. for my wife. I have had it for several years and it has maintained the pink color even though it's planted in acid soil. It has survived two of our Zone 8 winters with temps as low as the high singles. It came with no ID. Typical in a supermarket.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Mike
Hydrangea


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RE: Need Hydrangea ID

that looks like my Forever and Ever Summer Lace. It has remained pink even though everything around it is blue due to the soil. I picked 2 of mine up at the grocery (Price Chopper) and 1 at Lowes, so I know groceries were selling them


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Mike, it could also be a variety simply known as 'Pink Lacecap' - pretty creative name, huh?? Actually, I think that is a name assigned to a lot of these florist plants - the vast majority of which are unnamed (and non-patented) varieties.

FWIW, 'Summer Lace' is variable in its coloring due to soil pH - can be blue just as easily as pink. Mike - yours may even be a serrata - these tend to be nearly always lacecaps and I've found their coloring rather stable compared to most macs.

I think sometimes we rush to assign cultivar names to plants which maybe do not deserve them :-) Not all plants are registered cultivars, especially if seedling grown. Other than curiosity, is there a pressing need to ID this plant?


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I agree; my summer lace looks just like this in structure, right down to the leaf size color and spacing. It only seems to bloom on old wood but is extremely bud hardy.


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Hi Mike...it looks a lot like my endless summer twist-n-shout ....the flower in the pic shown is a lot darker than the one in my garden...its a pic of a pic! Good luck! Kristine


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  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 1, 12 at 12:51

"I think sometimes we rush to assign cultivar names to plants which maybe do not deserve them :-) Not all plants are registered cultivars, especially if seedling grown. Other than curiosity, is there a pressing need to ID this plant?"
GardenGal

No pressing need to ID the Hydrangea. Guess I've been hanging out in the Conifer Forum too much. ;-)
Thanks for everyone's efforts.
Mike


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Twist n shout has ruddy colored stems and darker leaves. I highly doubt the specimen in the photo would be that.


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