HYDRANGEACEAE, The Hydrangea family
This very pretty shade lover blooms in late summer when there’s not much else happening in the woodland garden. I’ve read that it is traditionally planted near entrances in temple gardens in its native Japan and Korea. The nodding flowers are seen as a sign of humility.
I grew this flower in Minnesota and saw it coming up a few weeks ago when I was there visiting. And now I have one to add to my shade garden here. The leaves are vaguely maple-like and sort of powdery as they unfurl. Multiple stems come up from the ground and grow 2 – 3 feet tall.