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History of Hydrangea by Heidi Richards Mooney

Meaning: Thank You for Understanding, Devotion, Friendship

The name “hydrangea” comes from the Greek word-meanings water vessel. Native to southern and eastern Asia (from Japan to China, the Himalaya and Indonesia) and North and South America. The flowers are extremely common in the Azores Islands of Portugal, particularly on Faial Island, which is known as the `blue island` due to the vast number of hydrangeas present on the island. In the 18th century, Hydrangeas were brought to England and they quickly became very popular flower throughout Europe.   In fact, many of today’s popular hybrids were originally propagated in France. The hydrangea has a wonderful quality of changing from pink to blue according to the soil in which it is grown.  They are available in white, pink, blue and purple.

Native Americans used the root as a diuretic and detoxifier. The bark of the hydrangea was used to ease muscle sprains and burns and is still used today by naturalpaths as a tonic herb to treat bladder problems and kidney stones.

According to folklore, if a witch put a curse on an unlucky man or woman the hydrangea was often used to break the curse.

The hydrangea is among the more popular cut flowers of florists and flower lovers and are often used in wedding bouquets as well as everyday floral arrangements. Hydrangeas are beautiful all by themselves, or mixed together with other types of flowers. Hydrangeas need lots of water and

This article was published on Thursday 18 December, 2008.
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