Monday, August 5, 2013

Bartram's oakleaf

Oakleaf hydrangea at UT Hospital

Whenever I encounter one of these lovely rusty things I say:

"Well hello, Mr. Bartram. Honored to remember you." 

A favorite among local landscapers, oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) gets its species name from none other than 18th-century American botanist John Bartram himself who named it from the Latin "quercus" meaning oak and "folium" meaning leaf. 

Bartram discovered the native shrub on his botanizing exploration from the Carolinas to the Florida panhandle in the 1770s.

After the white flowers fade they age to creamy white to pink to a rusty patina that's eye-catching.


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