HYDRANGEA macrophylla 'Rei14'( PEPPERMINT, FOREVER & EVER® SERIES) PP18476
Plant Common Name
Bigleaf Hydrangea, Largeleaf Hydrangea, Peppermint Bigleaf Hydrangea
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The Peppermint bigleaf hydrangea, a member of the Forever & Ever® Series, produces large white flower clusters. Each petal-like sepal has a lavender-pink stripe (if grown in alkaline and neutral soils) or a blue-lavender stripe (if growing in acidic soils). It was bred initially for use in greenhouse production of potted florist plants. 'RIE14' is the result of a controlled breeding program by Ryoji Irie in Japan in the 1990s. Bigleaf hydrangeas are native to eastern Asia.
The Peppermint hydrangea is a slow-growing, compact, rounded shrub that produces plump, rounded flower clusters from mid-spring to late summer. The flowers are actually sepals (bud leaves), not true petals. The dried flowers and fruits are an attractive beige to sandy brown. The gray-green leaves turn yellow in autumn before falling away if grown outdoors in regions with mild winters. Members of the Forever & Ever® Series bloom on year-old stems first, and then bloom again later in summer once the spring growth matures.
The Peppermint bigleaf hydrangea grows best in amply moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil and will happily grow in partial sun to partial shade. If soil remains constantly but evenly moist, plants may grow successfully in full sun exposures. In coldest reaches of their hardiness range, winters will kill stems back to the ground; mulch the roots for best overwintering here. These landscape shrubs may be used for edging, containers, partially shaded gardens and small-sized foundation beds that should never need any pruning. Their blooms make wonderful, long-lasting cutflowers. Adding lime to the soil (results in more alkalinity) makes richer pink flower stripes while adding aluminum sulfate causes more acidic soil conditions and bluer flower stripes.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
6 - 9
3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm
36"-42" / 91.4cm - 106.7cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
China, Japan, Korea
Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
Sharp or Has Thorns