Hydrangea flower shapes. Hydrangea plants grow large and showy flowers with large colorful sepals (tepals). There are three main hydrangea flower shapes and they are mophead, lacecap, and panicle.
Hortensia grow in flower heads (corymbs or panicles) most often at the ends of the stems. Hydrangeas have become popular ornamental plants and are grown for their large flower heads, with hydrangea macrophylla being by far the most widely grown cultivar. Taxonomy and Nomenclature. Care and culture, propagation, pests and diseases, flower potpourri, and flower breeding. Find a Hydrangea Society and study and learn about the genus hydrangea, its species and cultivars, as well as its culture, habits, hardiness, and performance. The flower blooms are lovely with a high density of sterile ray florets interspersed throughout the large inflouresense to create an almost mophead appearance.
Types of Hydrangea Flower Shapes
The different shapes and sizes of the flowering bloom heads on hortensia plants vary by species and variety, but there are three main types of hydrangea flower shapes: Mophead hydrangea flower heads, Lacecap hydrangea flower heads, and Panicle hydrangea flower heads.
Mophead hydrangea have a half globe shaped flower cluster and are the most commonly recognized form of hydrangea blooms.
Lacecap hydrangea have flattened cluster of what appear to be tiny, immature flower buds that are then surrounded on the edges by typically 4 to 5 flower petals.
Panicle hydrangea have a long and somewhat cone shaped flower cluster. This is more pronounced in the Quercifolia or Oakleaf species of hydrangeas.