One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrub or climbing plant with rounded or flattened flowering heads of small florets, native to Asia and America.
Genus Hydrangea, family Hydrangeaceae: many species, in particular the common hydrangea (H. macrophylla), with flowers that are typically blue, but often pink on alkaline soils
- ‘Or, let a climbing hydrangea blur the rigid lines of a stucco wall.’
- ‘With the shortage of good all-summer plants, hydrangeas deserve a spot in everyone's garden.’
- ‘A hydrangea planted against a wall, for example, will grow toward the light, leaving the side of the shrub against the wall somewhat flat.’
- ‘A climbing hydrangea, honeysuckle and cotoneaster behaved in similar fashion until their third year, when they all finally took off.’
- ‘Its perennial plants are complemented by azaleas, hydrangeas and lupins in pots.’
Modern Latin, from Greek hudro- ‘water’ + angeion ‘vessel’ (from the cup shape of its seed capsule).
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