Hydrangea is a large treelike shrub. Which was brought to European territory three hundred years ago. Since then, hydrangea spread farther from the natural area of habitat.
Description of the plant
Hydrangea largeleaved, widely known precisely under this name, is a deciduous shrub that is valued for large flowers and thick foliage. Many people connect largeleaved hydrangea with the coastal communities of New England, where they are often used as the main plant and grown in hedges. Colors vary from white to pink, blue or purple, depending on the acidity of the soil.
Blue flowers develop with acidic soil (pH from 5.0 to 5.5), and pink from alkaline soil (from 6.0 to 6.5). Aluminum sulfate can be added to acidify the soil, and lime to obtain a more alkaline environment. Stable both to clay and sandy soil, has some salt resistance. The roots are uneven in length and width, have several roots reaching a distance of more than one and a half centimeters. Outwardly, they seem pale gray, hard, with fragmentation cracks, they are white from the inside, without smell, with a sweet and spicy taste. The root and stems are very juicy in fresh form, it is convenient to cut them. This hydrangea tolerates the sun well if the soil is constantly moist, but best for areas with a midday shadow. Blooms in late spring and summer at last year’s increase (“Old Forest”).
As a rule, the bush is free from pests and diseases, but under some conditions it can suffer from the spotting of leaves, bacterial wilting and powdery mildew.
Advantages of the plant
- Very colorful and big inflorescences.
- Hydrangea is used for urethritis, cystitis, prostatitis, urinary stones, gravel and increased prostate gland.
- Hydrangea is useful for urination problems, kidney stones and bladder and with heart and gastric ailments.
- A decoction of the stem bark is useful for fever.
- Helps to calm the irritated mucous membranes and relieves the back pain caused by kidney problems.
- Hydrangea eliminates back pain, rheumatism, scurvy, paralysis and even dropsy.
In Nepal, hydrangea leaves are used to treat colds, cough and bronchitis, and the root is used as a cure for the indigestion of the stomach and fever.