WEE BIT GRUMPY® Bigleaf Hydrangea

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2' Width/Spread: 2.5'

All the dramatic color your dream garden needs! Wee Bit Grumpy┬« bigleaf hydrangea is GLAD to show off its hot pink, magenta, or moody violet flowers (depending on your soil pH). These fully saturated mophead blooms are packed onto a tight, compact habit. Easy for tucking into the front of your border to deliver summerlong color with its Long blooming nature! You won’t have to lift a finger to keep this little beauty looking fresh, as it’s one of the most rugged hydrangeas you’ll find. It’s extremely disease resistant and will thrive in a range of soil conditions, from clay to salt to alkaline or acidic! This dwarf hydrangea is anything but cranky, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Why grow Wee Bit Grumpy® bigleaf hydrangea?

  • Luscious dark blooms
  • Petite habit
  • Matures quickly


Light: Full sun to Part Sun. In warmer zones, 8 and above, it will benefit placement from afternoon shade.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH affects flower color, and it will be its deepest, moodiest purple in acidic soils. Add a little aluminum sulfate if a soil test reveals that you have neutral or basic pH (7 and above).

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is not recommended, as any cuts will affect blooming. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time! For damaged wood, prune about 1/4 of an inch above a set of leaves.

Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2″. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Stragrum'


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Blue, Pink, Purple

Foliage Color





Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Hedges, Low Hedges, Specimen

Blooms on

Old wood

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