Definition of hydrangea in English:



  • A shrub or climbing plant with rounded or flattened flowering heads of small florets, native to Asia and America.

    • ‘Or, let a climbing hydrangea blur the rigid lines of a stucco wall.’
    • ‘Its perennial plants are complemented by azaleas, hydrangeas and lupins in pots.’
    • ‘With the shortage of good all-summer plants, hydrangeas deserve a spot in everyone's garden.’
    • ‘A climbing hydrangea, honeysuckle and cotoneaster behaved in similar fashion until their third year, when they all finally took off.’
    • ‘A hydrangea planted against a wall, for example, will grow toward the light, leaving the side of the shrub against the wall somewhat flat.’


Modern Latin, from Greek hudro- water + angeion vessel (from the cup shape of its seed capsule).