Recently is was brought to our attention that the plant Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 'Firefly' is sometimes being incorrectly labeled & sold with the name Mirranda™ attached to it. If this is happening then it is incorrect, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 'Mirranda' is not the same plant as Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 'Firefly'. Even though they are both variegated climbing Hydrangeas and may even be indistinguishable they both arose as variegated sports on different plants in different parts of the Country.
The Firefly clone was introduced by Daniel Benarcik of Wilmington Delaware & patented in 1997. The Mirranda clone was selected & developed by me from a small variegated sport on a one gallon plant of the species here in Oregon in 1992. The plant is named after my daughter Mirranda, hence the spelling with the double R as I also misspelled my daughters name on her birth certificate when she was born! After several years of evaluation & successively propagating new generations from the most variegated shoot tips we released the plant as a stable variegated cultivar without patent or trademark protection in 1999.
The Mirranda™ designation would also be incorrect even if it was on our plant as being the Cultivar Name it is part of the botanical plant name & so not eligible for Trademarking. Hopefully this will help clear up some of the labeling confusion that may be happening out in the industry.
Left to right: Chiyoko, Guy, Anwen & Mirranda :^)
Elk Lake Oregon, August 2009.