Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Hydrangea macrophylla (hi-DRAN-jee-a mac-ro-FI-la)
blue, pink, white, green
Form and Size:
The leafy stems of hydrangea are 16 – 20 inches long. At the stem ends, there is a large, rounded head with up to a 6-inch diameter that is made up of many clustered, small, flat flowers.
5 – 10 days
May – November, though the peak time is from July
Remove foliage from the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Hydrangeaceae family, hydrangea originated in Japan and Korea. It was introduced to European botanists in 1788. Hydrangea is very popular in wedding arrangements and bouquets.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of hydrangea include astilbe, heuchera, currant, philadelphus and viburnum. Altering the pH level in the soil controls the color of hydrangea. When the pH level is altered, it changes the amount of aluminum that the roots will take in, thus changing the color of the flowers.