The beauty of wild hydrangea in Autumn

hydrangea seedsA little mini-stop at the waterfall on the Back Mountain trail  and got this picture of the seed cases of wild hydrangea.

I have a weird fascination for these distinctive seeds cases, as with fetterbush, maleberry, staggerbush, etc.

Almost look mathematical in their precision. Like numbers hidden in chlorophyll’s afterglow.

Large clusters of flat, creamy white, flowers open in June and last for many weeks. Plants bloom most of the summer. Pollen-rich flowers attract many insects. Plants form rounded mounds. Flowers can be used in fresh or dried arrangements. Grow in partial shade in rich moist soil. Tolerates deep shade.

Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. The eastern bumble bee and other insects pollinate wild hydrangea. It is one of the most widespread and abundant bumble bees in the eastern US. Also attracts azures and hairstreaks.

Native Environment

Cliff, Forest

Culture

Grow in full sun to partial shade in rich, moist soil. Tolerates deep shade. Blooms on new growth so can be cut back to the ground in early spring to control size. Remove suckers to prevent plant from spreading. A solid generalist.

Use

Mass or group in shaded area of the mixed shrub border or naturalize in native plant or woodland garden. Flowers can be used in fresh or dried arrangements.

Native Environment

Forest

Cliff

Height

4 to 5 feet

Spread

4 to 6 feet

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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