from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various shrubs of the genus Hydrangea, having opposite leaves and large, flat-topped or rounded clusters of white, pink, or blue flowers.

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  • n. Any of several shrubs, of the genus Hydrangea, having large clusters of white, pink or blue flowers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A genus of shrubby plants bearing opposite leaves and large heads of showy flowers, white, or of various colors. Hydrangea hortensis, the common garden species, is a native of China or Japan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of shrubs or herbs, of the natural order Saxifrageæ, type of the tribe Hydrangeæ, containing about 33 species, natives of Asia and America, characterized by having the ovary inferior, 4 or 5 valvate petals, 4 or 5 styles, free or connate at base, the fruit a capsule, and the leaves deciduous or persistent.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Hydrangea


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Hydrangēa, genus name : hydr(o)- + Greek angeion, vessel; see angio-.


  • An oakleaf hydrangea is offset by golden Hakonechloa 'Aureola' grass and campanula. .the only things that don't suck in my garden right now.

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  • I do know the hydrangea is a beauty during that time anyway.

    Dying Well « Fairegarden

  • I have to agree that the hydrangea is the best looking example of beauty in a dying flower.

    Dying Well « Fairegarden

  • Here, in this soft and genial atmosphere, the hydrangea is a common flower-bed ornament, the fuchsia grows lofty and luxuriant in the poorest cottage garden, the myrtle flourishes close to the sea-shore, and the tender tamarisk is the wild plant of every farmer's hedge.

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  • But you didn't embrace the idea of hydrangea in this photo shoot.

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  • These have significant fall colors, as do the oakleaf hydrangeas, H. quercifolia, which also is naturally taller than some others and is native to the southeastern U.S., as is the H. arborescens, smooth-leaf hydrangea, which is also found naturally in the eastern U.S. H. arborecens, var. "Annabelle," may have white blooms up to a foot in diameter.


  • The large lime white blooms on the right belong to my 'Limelight' hydrangea which is blooming profusely at the moment.


  • I don't remember what kind of hydrangea Jenny has.

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  • The largest of my bushes, which I wasn’t sure what kind of hydrangea it was, I believe might be a pee gee!

    Pee Gee Hydrangea Standards « Fairegarden

  • Question: Will he smell the blooming hydrangea bush below?

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  • "Commerson found many new plant specimens on the trip, including two that would spread to the New World. He rewarded the Bodeuse's captain by giving his name to the gorgeous bougainvillea shrub with blossoms in luscious colors of lavender, coral, magenta, and cream. Commerson also introduced Europeans to the hydrangea, which he found in China."

    --Joyce Appleby, Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), p. 191

    December 28, 2016