Hydrangea – ‘Shooting Star’

Q: I received a ‘Shooting Star’ hydrangea as a Christmas gift. What is its care? Can it be planted outdoors?

A: ‘Shooting Star’ hydrangea has blooms unlike most with which you’re familiar. It’s a lacecap-type hydrangea, but the white sterile flowers are held far beyond the tiny blue fertile flowers in the center. The effect is like stars held above a blue sky.

I’m reasonably sure it will be hardy outdoors in Georgia, like most other lacecap hydrangeas. Since yours has been “tenderized” by its time indoors, it will have to stay inside until you plant it when the weather warms up in April.

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