Closeup of purple Hydrangea flowers. Hydrangea stands for friendship, devotion, perseverance, and understanding.
The Hydrangea is native to Asia and North and South America. There are about 70 to 75 species of flowering plants that belong to the hydrangea family.
The name comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning water, and and 'angeion' meaning cask or jug, and refers to the spherical shape of the open flower head.
Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants, grown for their large flowerheads, with Hydrangea macrophylla being by far the most widely grown with over 600 named cultivars, many selected to have only large sterile flowers in the flowerheads. Some are best pruned on an annual basis when the new leaf buds begin to appear. If not pruned regularly, the bush will become very 'leggy', growing upwards until the weight of the stems is greater than their strength, at which point the stems will sag down to the ground and possibly break.
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