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Lacecap bloom on mophead hydrangea

PeadarPeadar Posts: 54
I have a mophead hydrangea with what appears to be a lacecap bloom amongst all the mopheads. Is this unusual?


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349
    Do you have a photo? Sometimes it's just a flowerhead that hasn't fully matured.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PeadarPeadar Posts: 54

  • PeadarPeadar Posts: 54
    It looks identical to a bloom on a lacecap nearby
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349
    That does seem odd. It isn't a stem coming from that other shrub is it?

    Other than that, maybe it is just a flower that hasn't developed properly - a bit like when you get fasciation.
    If it was a grafted plant [unlikely on hydrangeas] it could have been a stem from below that, which is therefore not the grafted plant. Do you know if that's a possibility?

    I don't grow these ones, but someone else might have another  answer  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PeadarPeadar Posts: 54
    No , the other one is a couple of meters away. And if I follow the branch down if joins with a branch which has a mophead bloom, and well above the ground. I will keep an eye on it to see if it develops into a mophead bloom, but doesn't look like it is going to 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,711
    I assume that oddities like that happen quite rise to new different named Hydrangeas.
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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,800
    My sister has a similar thing on one of her long-established Hydrangeas. 
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,732
    If I hadn't read this thread I probably wouldn't have taken any notice of my hydrangea. 
    In one area of my allotment (garden) I have two established hydrangeas probably at least three years and were established when planted rescued from somewhere. 
    They are both mopheads, one pink and one blue. Looking at the pink one today you would say it was a lacecap as each bloom only has the flowers on the outer rim and no sign of it changing. At first I thought it may have been lacking water at some point in the summer which had caused the plant not to flower properly but the blue one is fine. Unfortunately I can't get a photo at the moment but possibly in the next few days. Maybe as @Fairygirl says it hasn't fully matured yet so will keep an eye on it. 
  • PeadarPeadar Posts: 54
    Interesting. Mine only has one bloom that looks like a lacecap in amongst all the mopheads. If all the blooms had developed like lacecaps I probably would never have noticed 
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