Hydrangeas, the glory of summer!

Colombia has the second greatest flowering plant biodiversity with over 26.000 species, being a protagonist in floral exports. Some of the reasons why Colombian flowers are preferred around the world are the quality, variety, and durability.

In Flores El Capiro we are recognized for our Chrysanthemums but they shouldn´t carry all the credit since hydrangeas are also very popular and beautiful. Many people are driven to look for hydrangeas because of their big, beautiful blooms. But there is a lot of characteristics and symbolisms that should be considered too.

Hydrangeas are very popular both as cut flowers and plants for the garden because of their beautiful flowers. The large flowerheads look like pom poms and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. There are over 75 species of hydrangeas, most of them native to Asia. Hydrangeas blooms can be pink, blue, red, white, purple and even green!

While undeniable beautiful, the hydrangeas symbolize many different things, depending on where around the world and culture. The name hydrangea comes from the Greek words “hydor” meaning water and “angos” meaning vessel (cup). It was given to the plant because of its shape resembling an ancient water pitcher. Most of the stories surrounding hydrangeas are several centuries old but they still affect how we view the flowers today. In japan, the flower is associated with heartfelt emotion, understanding and apology. According to a Japanese legend, the emperor made a lasting impression not only on his girlfriend´s family but also in the whole empire. On the other hand, in the United States, hydrangeas are used for weddings anniversaries to symbolize appreciation. Contrastingly, English men in the 1800s used to send hydrangeas to woman who rejected them, accusing them of frigidity.

While hydrangeas symbolize different things across countries and culture, the meaning of the distinct colors are mostly uniform around the world. The blue hydrangea symbolizes your gratitude and understanding for someone else and is a thoughtful way to apologize. The white hydrangeas symbolize purity and grace which makes it the perfect flower and fitting addition to Easter bouquets. Pink hydrangeas symbolize sincere emotions and the meaning of love. Finally, the purple hydrangea represents the desire for deep understanding, pride, royalty and gratefulness.

 

When gifting hydrangeas flowers to friends or family, make sure to pick the right color to avoid hard feelings. We hope that these tips are very useful and help you give a smile to those you love!

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