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Flower Spotlight: Hydrangea

With their blooming poms and beautiful colors, hydrangeas are a popular choice for gardeners and florists alike. They’re gorgeous in a garden and make a great addition to flower arrangements. Before you send them, find out more about the history and meanings behind hydrangeas in this month’s Flower Spotlight.


Hydrangeas were originally cultivated in Japan and made their way to North America and Europe in the 1700s. A Japanese emperor once gave them to the family of his lover to show them how much he loved her and express his regret over his decision to put business over her. Because of this, hydrangeas are a symbol of heartfelt emotion and apology.



  • Hydrangeas are available in several different colors. Their color is determined by the acidity of the soil they are grown in.
  • Their name comes from the Greek words for water (“hydros”) and jar (“angos”), roughly translating to “water barrel,” which is a reference to the flowers’ need for plenty of water.
  • Hydrangeas are common flowers to give on 4th wedding anniversaries. Sending them will symbolize appreciation to your spouse.

Color Meanings

Pink- romance, heartfelt emotion
Blue- apology, asking for forgiveness
White- purity, grace, abundance, but can be seen as bragging or boasting
Purple- desire to understand, or abundance and wealth


With such a wide range of meanings among hydrangeas, make sure you’re choosing the right type to send to your special someone. No matter which color you pick, your local florist will be sure to create a beautiful arrangement using the hydrangeas of your choice.

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