The Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech serves researchers and scientists across the country, but it is also an important resource for Virginia gardeners and plant lovers!
While herbaria have long served an important role in assisting researchers interested in plant taxonomy, evolution, and ecology, digitization efforts are expanding the reach and utility of herbarium resources to the public by helping plant lovers identify the plants that grow in their local area and by involving the public in plant collection and archiving efforts.
Hydrangeas are one of the most popular garden plants, but, as many disappointed gardeners can attest, if you do not choose the appropriate species and cultivar for your location, your plant may not flower.
There are a few species of hydrangea, including four common species that are shrubs: Hydrangea macrophylla or bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata or panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia or oakleaf hydrangea, and Hydrangea arborescens or smooth hydrangea. This post focuses on Hydrangea macrophylla, or bigleaf hydrangea. Hydrangea macrophylla is one of the most common species among home gardeners.