History of hydrangeas

History of hydrangeas

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It is with the fascinating history of their name that the history of hydrangeas begins: it was the French "hunter of plants" Philibert de Commerson who in 1771 baptized some specimens from the East Indies in honor of Hortense de Nassau, daughter of the prince of Nassau, a passionate botanist, who had accompanied him on an expedition.
And it is always their name, even if this time the botanical name, Hydrangea, which from a kind princess leads us to a terrifying mythology figure: и Hydra, with snake-shaped hair similar to the asperities present above the capsule containing the seeds of this plant .

Meaning name hydrangeas

However, the most widely shared opinion is that concerning the derivation of the name Hydrangea from the two Greek words hydros (water) and angeion (vase), due to the particular shape of the capsules containing the seeds, which resemble small water basins. An ancient plant, traces of which were found in the Tertiary era and subsequent periods (oligocene-miocene), it was introduced into European countries almost simultaneously, around the mid-1700s. In England, hydrangea is spoken of in 1736, it was about an arborescens from Pennsylvania.
In America, I quote Corinne Mallet's text "Hydrangeas species and cultivars"; the name Hudrangea first appeared in the text by the naturalist Gronovius (Flora Virginica - 1739).

Origins of hydrangeas

In Japanese gardens, on the other hand, the presence and popularity of hydrangeas was already noticeable during the seventeenth century, but given that its borders were closed from 1639 to 1856, access to its varieties was practically impossible.
Thanks however to the incursions of some European "plant hunters" (among which the Swedish botanist Carl Peter Thanberg, a pupil of Linnaeus and Dr. Phihpl Franz von Siebold must be mentioned) some specimens were stolen and they had taken a botanical description, even if they were initially classified within the genus Viburnum.
From a geographical point of view we find the Hydrangea distributed from north-east to south-west American and in south-east Asia. Some authors (Dr. Me Clintock) divide the genre into two sections. The first is called Hydrangea and includes eleven deciduous species all reproduced, the second Comidia, and is composed of twelve self-supporting climbing evergreens. The latter are much less known, with the exception of H. Seemani and H.serratifolia.

History of hydrangeas: Growing hydrangeas

These beautiful flowers are cultivated very often in parks and gardens, given their rusticity and easy cultivation. To have a good flowering and luxuriant plants it is sufficient to arrange the hydrangea plants in a partially shaded place, which allows the specimens of this type to receive direct sunlight only during the coolest hours of the day. Another very important aspect for their health is the fact that they must be watered regularly, checking that water stagnations do not form in the soil, which are dangerous because they can cause the onset of root rot.
They adapt easily to any type of soil, although they prefer those rich in organic substances and with little sand.


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