Hydrangea

      Also bearing the famous name of Hortensia, the Hydrangea flower represents a flower that originates from the eastern parts of Asia and also from the American continents, both the southern and the northern one.

      The Hydrangea genus is a relatively complex genus, which holds together under its botanical classification more than 75 species of flowers. Belonging to the Hydrangeaceae family, this genus presents species renowned for their size diversity, from small flowers, to shrubs measuring up to 3 meters in height and even to small trees or lianas reaching the climbing height of 30 meters. The most popular and interesting species are those found in Asia, in countries such as China or Japan, where the Hydrangea flower is quite common and highly appreciated.

      A well known fact about this flower is its sensitivity when it comes to draughts, as the Hydrangea flower could actually die out if left without water. The flower requires a lot of water to grow properly and also, a very resourceful and humid soil. This exaggerated necessity for water in abundance has even come to justify its name which finds its roots in the Greek language. The etymology of the word Hydrangea is derived from the word “hydor”, a Greek term meaning water and the word “angos”, referring to a vessel or a recipient. The closest translation of this word-combination is “water recipient”, implying the capacity of this flower to retain a huge amount of water and its water insatiability, forever wanting more and always making room for more.

      Firstly located in Japan and the regions surrounding this country, the Hydrangea flower is nowadays found in Portugal and other warm climates. The flower is starting to be cultivated more and more in what botanists would call it inappropriate places, with the help of soil fertilizers and better weather conditions mostly created inside of greenhouses.

      When it comes to its type, the Hydrangea is a deciduous or an evergreen flower and also, when it comes to its shape, we can describe it as a wooden stem with flowering at its top, an impressive star-like flowering. People have associated this flower with a pompom, due to the abundance of petals and due to its vivid colors. The flowering can occur on purple, red, white or different shades of lilac that can actually be considered light blue at times.

      The Hydrangeas are flowers available from early spring and lasting until late November and which are in high demand by florists worldwide.

      The Hydrangea flower has even got to represent a certain island from the Azores Islands, where this flower has reached a high level of notoriety. The Faial Island is nowadays an Island with two names, one official name, the Faial Island, and the other, the Blue Island, justified by the abundance of Hydrangeas over its territory.

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