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Thursday, 5 July 2012

FFF33 - HYDRANGEA

Hydrangea (common names Hydrangea and Hortensia) is a genus of about 70 to 75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas, and Indonesia) and North and South America. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Japan, and Korea.

Most are shrubs 1 to 3 meters tall, but some are small trees, and others lianas reaching up to 30 metres by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous.  Having been introduced to the Azores Islands of Portugal, they are now very common there, particularly on Faial, which is known as the "blue island" due to the vast number of hydrangeas present on the island, Terceira, named the "lilac island" for hydrangeas of that colour, on Flores Island ("Island of Flowers") and São Miguel, named the "green island" for its floral biodiversity.

There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas. Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. In contrast, lacecap flowers bear round, flat flowerheads with a center core of subdued, fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy, sterile flowers (as shown in the photo here). In most species the flowers are white, but in some species (notably H. macrophylla), can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. In these species the colour is affected by the pH of the soil.

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16 comments:

  1. Hi Nick
    Love the color and delicate detail of this picture! Great shot!

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  2. I am more familiar with the pom-pom style of hydrangea, but this is very special! Thanks for hosting, Nick!

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  3. Such lovely picture of the Hydrangea!

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  4. Hey Nick! I just took some hydrangea photos the other day - but, mine were bright pink! Love the variety of colors :) thanks, as always for hosting!!

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  5. I love the hydrangea macro. Happy Floral Friday!

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  6. Love the color of the hydrangea; Such a pretty capture
    I have posted the banana flower today! Hope you enjoy.

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  7. So pretty! Have a nice weekend!

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  8. Hydrangeas are so pretty and the color of yours is so unique. Usually I see the light pink or blue ones. Your photo is beautiful! I would like to thank all the ladies who have stopped to visit me. I truly appreciate it. A big thank you to our hostess.

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  9. So pretty! Your flower are such a lovely color!

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  10. That is a beautiful Hydrangea, I didn't know about the Lacecap. Mine have just started to bloom and this year they are a mix of pink and purple on the same bush.
    Happy Weekend!

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  11. What a gorgeous colour - lovely shot.

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  12. Spectacular photo, my favorite color! New follower. Nice to meet you!

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  13. Not my favourite flower but I love this macro-shot.

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