hy·​dran·​gea | \hī-ˈdrān-jə \

Definition of hydrangea 

: any of a genus (Hydrangea) of mostly shrubs having opposite leaves and showy clusters of usually sterile white, pink, or bluish flowers that is either placed in the saxifrage family or the hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae)

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Back on the East Coast, there was also an obscure form of smooth hydrangea with the tiniest touch of pink in the non-showy, fertile flowers. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 Prune hydrangeas to remove old flower clusters and reshape plants when the blossoms fade. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Tables were topped with vibrant floral arrangements that featured a summer palate of purple and pink hydrangeas, blue delphiniums, white peonies, yellow Gerber daisies and more. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Botanic Garden's Summer Dinner Dance: Fundraising for a living museum," 26 June 2018 Here is the short version: Aluminum, which is commonly present in backyard soil, is toxic to hydrangeas. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018 Nautical blue hydrangea draped the tent's chandelier and white, wooden planters in every direction. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Two glamorous Bayou Bend parties, one record-breaking weekend for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston," 10 Apr. 2018 Czajkowska recommends hydrangeas, which bloom for months and add color and texture to the front of a house. Melissa Rayworth, BostonGlobe.com, "Front porches and entries that say ‘welcome’," 5 July 2018 Some common garden plant species are especially sensitive to heat, such as bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "What does scorching heat mean for trees and plants?," 3 July 2018 Buy Photo The hydrangeas are piled high in these early days of summer, blossom upon showy blossom, like so many fat dollops of cotton candy. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of hydrangea

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrangea

New Latin, from hydr- + Greek angeion vessel — more at angi-

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hy·​dran·​gea | \hī-ˈdrān-jə \

Medical Definition of hydrangea 

1 capitalized : a large genus of widely distributed shrubs and one woody vine (family Saxifragaceae) with opposite leaves and showy clusters of usually sterile white, pink, or bluish flowers

2 : any plant of the genus Hydrangea

3 : the dried rhizome and roots of the wild plant of the genus Hydrangea (H. arborescens) formerly used in pharmacy as a diuretic

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