Hydrangea: The “Water Barrel” Flower

Our hydrangeas didn’t bloom last year, possibly because of a late frost.  This year, all of the hydrangeas are in beautiful bloom.

The name hydrangea comes from the Greek hydor which means water and angos which means jar or vessel.  This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the cup-shaped flowers and the plant’s need for plenty of water.

Most hydrangea flowers are white, or at least they start out white, and then change color depending on the ph of the soil.  Because our soil is acidic, our flowers are blue or are combinations of blue and white.

We have one lacecap hydrangea…

Lacecap Hydrangea


But all of the others are known as mophead hydrangeas…




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