The Meaning Of Flowers: The Hydrangea
In general the hydrangea stands for friendship, devotion, and understanding.
About the Hydrangea:
The name “hydrangea” comes from the Greek word-meaning vessel. The Hydrangea native is to North America, although these blooms can be found in the far east.
Hydrangeas were brought to England in the 18th century, and in no time at all, their popularity spread like wildfire throughout Europe. Many of today’s popular hybrids were developed originally in France.
The hydrangea has medicinal purposes; Native Americans used the root as a diuretic and detoxifier. The bark of the hydrangea was used to ease muscle sprains and burns. It is still used today in alternative medicine as a tonic herb.
The hydrangea has magical properties as well.
According to folklore, if a witch put a curse on an unlucky man or woman the hydrangea could be used to break the curse.
The hydrangea plant blooms in the summer and the fall.
Hydrangeas should be planted in areas that receive morning sun and afternoon shade. These blooms are available in white, pink, blue, and purple.
The hydrangea has always been a popular choice for gardeners but now they are also gaining popularity as a popular Easter and Mother’s Day gifts. It has gained even more popularity as a cut flower at your local flower shop. These blooms are used in wedding bouquets and everyday arrangements. Hydrangeas are beautiful all by themselves, or mixed together with other types of flowers.
Hydrangeas need regular watering, and even I have lost several plants due to negligence on my part. However, I learned this great trick to keep my hydrangeas fully hydrated…
Take your hydrangea plant and place it pot down into a full bucket of water until all the bubbling stops. Now, remove your plant and enjoy!
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