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Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ With Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’

While visiting the New York Botanical Garden I found a cultivar of Oakleaf Hydrangea that has exceptional flowers. Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ stands out for its fluffy double booms which appear fuller and larger than the straight species. The structure of the flower has a similar look to Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ with layered sepals which cascade as the panicles fade.

Closeup of Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ Blooms Fading from White to Pink

The white blooms which appear in June-July last much longer than the straight Hydrangea quercifolia. The sepals fade from white to pink as they age giving a beautiful pastel kind of glow to the panicles. Just like fine wine and cheese, H. quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ gets better with age! This cultivar, hardy to zone 5, grows up to 8′ tall and can grow in sun to part shade.

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28th Street is bursting with new plant life. Known as the floral district, I commonly refer to this stretch between 6th and 7th Avenue as the plant street. The sidewalks are lined with vegetative anomalies all year long. Just the other day I made a trip to plant street and was delighted to find the entire city block had the sweet smell of Hyacinth. If you don’t have time to make it to the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid show just take 5 minutes to walk this street and you’ll have your fix.

28th Street Looking Towards 6th Avenue

The Floral District in Manhattan

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