The hydrangea has its roots - literally - in Japan, where it was not only treasured for its beauty but also used in herbal teas for its medicinal properties. It has been cultivated in western gardens since the first American species were brought to the UK in the 1730s.The hydrangea is native to southern and eastern Asia, and North and South America, and is a very hardy flower.
The plant is well-loved for its large flower heads, which are actually made up of tightly clustered individual florets. In most species of hydrangea, the flowers are white, but in some they can be shades of blue, red, pink or purple. One of the most interesting things about hydrangeas is that their exact colour often depends on how acidic the soil is. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, while neutral soils give pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple petals.
Scientific name: Hydrangeaaceae.
Common name: Hydrangea.
Vase life: Approx. 7-10 days
Colour range: Pure white, cream, salmon, china blue, deep blue, light blue, cerise pink, lilac