Hydrangea amacha

Hydrangea amacha

"Amacha" group (sweet tea)

This group of plants belongs to a wider group of hydrangeas, called Yama, originating in the mountainous areas of Japan (Yama trad. Mountain) and all classifiable in the serrata species.

The fundamental element that distinguishes Amacha from Yama is the "flavor" of the leaf.

In fact, the Amachas, if chewed, show a strong sweet taste. Excluding DNA tests, this seems to be the only way to consider Amacha and Yama separately. The scientific reason why plants of the same group of belonging develop such a different characteristic is still unknown today.

The infusion obtained from Amacha leaves has had, and still has many uses, both in herbal medicine and as a substitute for sugar, and for religious celebrations. The best known is the "Kambutsu-e" rite, a ceremony that commemorates the birth of Buddha.

The sweet tea of ​​ortnesia, which many plant and herbalists will surely have already had the pleasure of trying, is an extract that is obtained from the leaves of these varieties.

There are about ten varieties of amacha hydrangeas, but the most widespread and cultivated ones are those we will talk about shortly, namely the Yae-No-Amacha, the Amagi - Amacha and finally the Oamacha.

Yae-No- Amacha

The first strain we want to tell you about is Yae-No-Amacha. In brief, the salient features of this hydrangea amacha species:

Height: 100 centimeters

Leaf: oval, bright green color with acute apex, serrated edge

Flowering: June July

Inflorescence: lacecap or spherical.

Rather rare bush, with a double flower of a delicate pinkish white color conditioned by the PH of the soil. The inflorescence is generally of the lacecap type but, sometimes, it can

also be spherical. This plant, discovered quite recently (around 1960) by Shigeru Tada, represents one of the most graceful cultivars of the Amacha group.

Amagi - Amacha

Another very interesting variety is the Amagi, a 1 meter high amacha hydrangea that blooms between June and July, producing a beautiful bush full of flowers. Here are its salient features.

Height: About 100 centimeters

Leaf: oval-lanceolate, bright green, sharp apex, serrated edge.

Flowering: abundant in June-July

Inflorescence: lacecap. The sterile and fertile flowers are white.

Bush from the mountains of the Izu Peninsula, Japan.

Plant with a very elegant and wild appearance, whose bearing, combined with the beautiful

foliage and small white inflorescences, makes it truly unique.

Hydrangea amacha: Oamacha

Finally, let's talk about the Oamacha, a beautiful hydrangea amacha that is liked for the numerous flowers it produces between June and July and for the very ornamental foliage.

Height: About 100 centimeters

Leaf: oval, toothed margin with tight apex

Flowering: June July

Inflorescence: lacecap, numerous fertile flowers, sterile flowers arranged in a crown

Plant traditionally known in Japan, it is appreciated both as an ornamental bush and for the sugary flavor of the leaves that are destined for multiple uses, the most common of which is a delicious infusion.

The beautiful green of the foliage is dotted with elegant red-brown spots. The inflorescence is of the lacecap type, very regular, almost geometric. The fertile flowers are numerous and pinkish white. The sterile flowers have rounded sepals of a more intense but nuanced pink color. It cannot be missing, even in a small collection!

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