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Hydrangea (//) common names hydrangea or hortensia, is a genus of over 75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Korea, and Japan. Most are shrubs 1 to 3 m tall, but some are small trees, and others lianas reaching up to 30 m (100 ft) by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous.
Hydrangea is derived from Greek and means ‘water vessel’ (from ὕδωρ water + ἄγγος or αγγεῖον vessel), in reference to the shape of its seed capsules. The earlier name, Hortensia, is a Latinised version of the French given name Hortense, honoring French astronomer and mathematician Nicole-Reine Hortense Lepaute.
From Ancient Greek ὕδωρ (húdōr, “water”) + ἀγγεῖον (angeîon, “vessel, capsule”).
- IPA(key): /haɪˈdɹeɪnd͡ʒ(i)ə/
hydrangea (plural hydrangeas)
- Any of several shrubs, of the genus Hydrangea, having large clusters of white, pink or blue flowers