Wild Hydrangea

Wild Hydrangea

Wild Hydrangea Plant Description

Hydrangeas are a family of plants that includes wild hydrangeas. This group includes small to extensive vegetation and woody vines as well. The delicious fake orange is one of several common ornamental shrubs in the family. Wild hydrangea is categorized as a Saxifragaceae or Saxifrage family member in older manuals and references.

Physical Appearance

Wild hydrangea is a small, mound-shaped, densely multi-stemmed shrub that grows 3-6 feet tall. At maturity, it is often more expensive than it is tall. The deciduous shrub's prominent landscape feature is flat-topped clusters of delicate blooms that appear green whitish. Some flowers are so heavy that they sink to the ground with their stems.

Hydrangeas are popular deciduous hardy shrubs with some climbing variations. Their eye-catching flower heads come in various sizes and forms, ranging from cones to huge balls. Lace caps and the mophead are the most well-known and distinguishable variabilities, with large, spherical flower heads in white, pink, and blue hues in the summer and autumn.

Blossoms occur in density; you can find over a hundred in a single bunch. White flowers with 4 to 5 petals are tiny, measuring barely 0.08 inches across. Large sterile blooms are sometimes developed at the inflorescence's margin to attract pollinators. The fruits are multi-seeded, small capsules.

The height of this shrub ranges from 3.3 to 9.8 feet, and it is often smaller than larger. From the crown, there are far too many weak stems. Leaves can measure 23/4 to 6 inches long and 1.5 to 3 inches wide. Thin, toothed leaves are green on top and pale beneath. Flowers are borne in clusters (inflorescences) at the tips of 2 to 43/4 inches broad branches.


Wild hydrangea grows in drier areas and the mesic forest, often beside streams or rocky areas. This plant primarily thrives in the shade. You can find it from New York and Massachusetts west through Illinois and Missouri, then south to Louisiana, Florida, Kansas, and Oklahoma.


Hydrangeas have a secret weapon under their sleeves. Large, colorful flowers entice pollinators, although pollen and nectar come from much smaller viable florets. Some moped cultivars, like the 'Nikko Blue,' are just for appearance.

Most Hydrangea specimens in gardens are flowerless. The farmed Hydrangea macrophylla strains that produce those bulbous, long-lived 'flower' clusters have merely flower-mimic bracts, like a dogwood. However, there are no propagative capabilities in them. For pollinators, this means no pollen or nectar.

Purpose of Hydrangea in the Ecosystem

Medicine is made from the root and rhizome (underground stem). Hydrangea is also effective in treating bladder infections, kidney stones in the urinary tract, enlarged prostate, and urethra. Additionally, you can use it to treat hay fever. Hydrangea plants are a favorite of slugs and snails since they devour plant growth and fresh shoots.