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'Little Lamb' Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
6' 6' 1.8m 1.8m
Height: 4' - 6'
Spread: 4' - 6'
Height: 1.2m - 1.8m
Spread: 1.2m - 1.8m
  • Details

    48 - 72 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    48 - 72 Inches
    1.2m - 1.8m
    1.8m - 2.4m
    1.2m - 1.8m


    This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. Alternatives include: Bobo® and Puffer Fish®.

    A sweet compact hardy hydrangea from Belgium. 'Little Lamb' hydrangeae is unique because its flower petals are the smallest and most delicate of any hydrangea. The little flowers are held in tight, but delicate flower heads that look like dancing lambs floating above this compact shrub. This special shrub blooms in mid-summer and lasts into autumn. The pure white blooms light up a garden and blend wonderfully with all other colors. Flowers may turn pink in the fall. Use 'Little Lamb' in bouquets either fresh or dried to make a unique floral design. This is an easy to grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil pH. The blooms are well distributed making a very nice plant and display.

    Consumer Comment:
    I have been an avid gardener for most of my life. I like tough hardy plants that can thrive without much fussing. Our first 'Little Lamb' was planted just last fall ('06), and our giant schnauzer puppy, Boo, ate it right back to the ground in late spring of '07. I was amazed that with no special care given to it, it grew right back with gangbusters and now only a few months after being eaten, it looks fantastic! Too bad all plants cannot take that kind of beating.
    S Smith, ON

    Fall Interest
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 72 Inches 1.2m - 1.8m
    72 - 96 Inches 1.8m - 2.4m
    48 - 72 Inches 1.2m - 1.8m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    White turning pink in fall
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Uses Notes: 

    Good in groupings or masses, in perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Good in mixed containers and as a cut flower.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types. Most urban tolerant and very difficult to kill. Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring. Requires medium moisture. Will tolerate drought conditions. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

    'Little Lamb' Hydrangea paniculata USPP 15,395
  • 17 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought this hydrangea 2 years ago..I have it planted on the north side , but does get enough sun, and it bloomed this year...and the flowers are absolutely very pleased..they are now just going a little pink and so very pretty. I am really pleased with this hydrangea, love its compact size and remains my favourite...I have other hydrangeas but little lamb is an outstanding plant.

      Janet Pollock
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 3 years ago
    • Randy Belville
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I started out with the best intentions with several of these....due to Life taking me down some bumpy roads once I put them in the ground, I didn't follow through much, other than to occasionally put the sprinkler on them. Let me back up a bit. I planted them in our very poor, compacted, but sandy soil, under the fringe edge of a mature Box Elder. I did amend the soil with some decent garden soil, and some green sand. They are on the south side of a border fence and get a lot of snow cover, because that is where I shovel it to while making runs for my dogs in winter. I am in zone 3, and they have performed absolutely wonderfully for the haphazard care I have given them. Mine are about 6 or 7 years old now, and have reached a height of at least 6 feet. The form isn't the best due to my lack of pruning, but it's not bad either all on it's own. And the flower heads are truly spectacular this year, despite a really crummy harsh winter. They are absolutely a sea of LARGE flower heads. 3 of them will fill a vase. 5 is opulent. I've been giving away bouquets to neighbors, who are extremely impressed by my largesse. Hah -- little do they know I'm just thinning the herd a bit, and trimming them out to ensure even MORE blooms next year!! These are spectacular, gorgeous, and dry well too. They are one of my favourites, and my Gramma would be proud to see these.

      Julie Froelich
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • I bought two of these two summers ago to frame a very large picture window. At the time they were backed by red brick with yellow cedar siding above. I didn't realize that I would be painting the brick white and the siding charcoal grey. Not surprisingly, I was concerned that they wouldn't stand out against the white brick, but I needn't have been. They look great. I've never gardened with sandy, rocky soil before. I've had good Iowa topsoil and clay, both at another home in Puget Sound and in North Yorkshire UK, so I worried that less organic material and poorer water retention quality would make for poorer hydrangea performance. Both of my Little Lambs were champs, however, shaking off the challenges. Although the soil was not much better than sand, rock and contractor rubble, I removed the worst of the rocks, mulched very well with fine bark and irrigated. They didn't develop much pink tinge the first season, but this year the color was outstanding pink to mauve! I can't imagine being more pleased!

      Deborah Donovan
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
    • This is the easiest hydrangea to grow and has gotten more beautiful every year.

      Karen Niederberger
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 11 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • My very first hydrangea and it has made me a fan immediately .. now I have 10 different ones. When you start with a gorgeous flowering shrub in the right place it is magic : )

      Joy O'Connor
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 12 years ago
    • love this hydrangea!!

      Vija Tate
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 12 years ago
    • Lovely! Fits in small spaces and blooms profusely.

      Barbara Staton
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • I have two which I bought at the same time. I planted them 6 feet apart. What a show these two put on. The white turns to pink and then to red . All three colors are present at the same time. The arching canes also add interest..

      Anne C. Munro
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
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