Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

HYDRANGEA macrophylla (PEPPERMINT)

Image of Hydrangea macrophylla 'Rei14' (PEPPERMINT, FOREVER & EVER® SERIES) PP18476

Nancy Engel

Family

Hydrangeaceae

Botanical Name

HYDRANGEA macrophylla 'Rei14'( PEPPERMINT, FOREVER & EVER® SERIES) PP18476

Plant Common Name

Bigleaf Hydrangea, Largeleaf Hydrangea, Peppermint Bigleaf Hydrangea

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    36"-42" / 91.4cm - 106.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Striped

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No