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Flowers brighten up our lives with their beauty and fragrance, but the power of a flower goes a lot deeper than just the surface appeal of a bloom. Hydrangea is named from the Greek words for water, hydros, and jar or jug, angos. Despite the name, the cone or ball shaped bursts of blossoms do not hold water but rather require a lot of moisture as they are developing. The flower was first discovered and cultivated in Japan. Hydrangea has a historical tradition behind it linked to apologies and gratitude. Contemporary florists use it to represent genuine emotions and love because the pink blossoms in particular resemble a beating heat.

Hydrangeas commonly come in shades of pink, blue, purple, and green. The hydrangea symbolism for each color is as follows.

Pink hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt emotion.

Blue hydrangeas symbolize frigidity and apology.

White hydrangeas symbolize purity, boasting or bragging.

Purple hydrangeas symbolize a desire to deeply understand someone.