Blue Bunny™ Bracted Hydrangea

SKU: 34515

Size: One Quart
Sale price$19.99
In stock


Though they are far from the best-known type of hydrangea, bracted hydrangeas (H. involucrata) like Blue Bunny are easy to grow and beautiful. Whenever anyone sees this plant in bud or in bloom in our trial garden, they immediately want one, and we're pleased to be able to make that dream a reality! The unusual name "bracted hydrangea" refers to the bracts, or petal-like structures, that surround the cluster of florets that burst forth from the buds. All you really need to know, though, is that this is one special hydrangea that will set your collection apart from the rest.


Native to Japan and Taiwan, bracted hydrangeas likewise like warm, humid, moist conditions. They are hardy to USDA zone 6 (possibly zone 5 with protection), and because they bloom on new wood, winter damage is less of a threat to their flowering than with bigleaf hydrangeas that bloom on old wood. 


Bracted hydrangeas tend to have a spreading habit that grows into a wide, handsome clump as they mature. Their height can range from 2-4', with the lower end more common in cold climates and the higher in mild climates. 


Filtered light all day is ideal, though it would be safe to say that they can grow in full to part sun, especially if they are mulched and watered regularly.


Moist, well-drained soil will provide the best-looking foliage and flowers, as it most closely approximates the conditions where bracted hydrangeas grow in the wild. This is a plant that is very at home in woodland gardens where shade helps keep soil moist. 

Blue Bunny is the rare hydrangea that keeps its purple-blue color in all soil conditions. However, it is best grown in acidic to only slightly alkaline soils. 


Regular fertilizing isn't necessary, but if you live in the colder end of its range, you may wish to fertilize in early and late spring to help it recover from any winter damage that occurs. We recommend a granular (not liquid) rose fertilizer.

Flower Color

The flowers of Blue Bunny are extremely unusual in that they keep their blue-lavender color regardless of soil chemistry. The white portions also stay white in all conditions as well. 


Bracted hydrangeas do not need or benefit from yearly pruning as other new wood blooming hydrangeas do. If you find that your plant has a lot of winter damage, you can remove any dead portions once the new growth begins and it's clear where any damage occurred.

Bracted hydrangea problems 

Another great feature of bracted hydrangeas is that they are truly trouble-free. They are even a bit less attractive to deer because of their soft, fuzzy foliage, and their late bloom time also helps make them less appealing, as food sources are so abundant at that point in the season. However, if you do have serious deer browsing, we do recommend protecting the flower buds with a repellent or netting. 


We guarantee that you will be satisfied with your purchase and that your plants will arrive healthy, free of pests and diseases, and true to name. If for any reason you are dissatisfied, notify us within 60 days of receipt of your order and we will refund you.


Notify us within 7 days if you have a concern about orders shipped in autumn so we can make a note of it. Warranty on such plants is extended to May 31 of the following year.  Our fall guarantee does not cover plants that are not hardy (i.e., able to survive winter) in your area, so please verify your USDA hardiness zone (click ‘Growing Zone’ in the site navigation and enter your zip code) before purchasing. If you have questions about whether a plant can survive winter in your area, please call us before purchasing. See Product Care section below for additional information.


We ship jumbo size plants with hefty root systems that outperform smaller plants obtained from other mail order nurseries.


We take great pride in our packaging.  Please contact us immediately for any damaged boxes or shortages.  (Please note: multiple boxes shipped by Fed Ex might not always arrive the same day)


Any plant shipped dormant in the spring is guaranteed to break dormancy even if it takes more than one month. Call us directly if you have any concerns.


Photos of the plant(s) will be required so that we may provide the best assistance possible


A plant refund is based on the plant cost less discounts and shipping charges.  Allow up to 2 weeks for processing. We reserve the right to request a return of an item.


After 60 days, we cannot be responsible for product that is in your care. This includes overwintering, animals, insects, diseases, poor planting, plants beyond their hardiness zone, drought, flooding, etc. Our expert staff is here to assist you with any problem you may be experiencing. Our goal is that you are successful with our product.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Carole K.
Blue Bunny Hydrangea

The little plant arrived in excellent condition. Very good shipping. It has transplanted well and looks well adjusted us a bright but protected location. I hope it survives a Wisconsin winter and late Spring and next year grows and maybe blooms in a year or two.

Louise S.
Plant arrived dead

Th plant arrived dessicated and my attempts to revive it failed. I tried to contact you through your website email asking for a refund or a new plant. I have not heard back.

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