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NC Native Plant Society:
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Hydrangea radiata [= Hydrangea arborescens ssp. radiata]

Silverleaf Hydrangea, Snowy Hydrangea

Scientific Name:

Hydrangea radiata [= Hydrangea arborescens ssp. radiata]

Genus:

Hydrangea

Species Epithet:

radiata

Common Name:

Silverleaf Hydrangea, Snowy Hydrangea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rocky forests and rock outcrops, often common and conspicuous on roadbanks. This is a Southern Appalachian endemic and common in the NC mountains north only to Madison County and to Polk County on the east. It likely is not found into the Piedmont foothills.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable, S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank is an uncertain G5 secure.

In full bloom in late May

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Close-up of sterile flower along corymb margin

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Dense hairs on underside of leaf creating a silvery-white color

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Dried inflorescence during winter

Garden in Orange County, NC

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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