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Hydrangeas meaning

Hydrangeas meaning

Hydrangea has a meaning linked to the one who brought the flower for the first time to Europe, the well-known naturalist Philibert Commenson. The scholar, returning from a trip to the East, brought with him this flower hitherto completely unknown in the West and decided to call it hydrangea from the name of the woman who, however, was married to a close friend of his and therefore not free. to be able to reciprocate his feelings. Hence, probably, the negative meaning attributed to the flower: as in fact Commenson intended to distance himself from the woman who made him suffer, so today it represents detachment and abandonment in the sentimental sphere. Despite this, however, the latest fashion launched by wedding planners is to decorate the church with green hydrangeas, considered very trendy.

The meaning of hydrangea according to colors


However, the meaning of hydrangea can vary according to the color of the flower. While the white variant symbolizes a love that is being born or one that was dormant but returning to the fore, the hydrangea with blue shades instead means that although the loved one is very capricious and very fickle, the love we nourish is of deep and constant ones. Finally, there is the variant of the pink hydrangea: giving a bouquet to a woman means not only declaring your love but also admitting that she is the only woman in your life. It also contains a not too implicit invitation to enjoy the joys of love. It should be specified that in nature the different color of the petals derives from the different composition of the soil in which those hydrangeas grow.

Hydrangea between myth and reality


If it is true that the name hydrangea derives from the unfortunate love story of the naturalist Philibert Commerson, it is also true that the Latin name of the flower is Hydrangea. This would derive from Hydra, the monster of Greek mythology that was depicted with nine snake heads, which the ancients believed to be similar to the hydrangea flower which has that corolla characterized by a myriad of petals that resemble the head of the Hydra. Once it arrived in the West, the flower – which is also a proper name for a woman – was chosen as a symbol of many noble families who wanted to symbolize their detachment from the ‘vulgar people’ in this way: for example, the Bonaparte family assumed the flower as a symbol of the family giving its name also to the daughter of Giuseppina.

Hydrangea, the second queen of the garden


Hydrangea is considered the queen of the garden, but always after the rose which is its undisputed goddess. The root of its name has the literal meaning of ‘being in the garden’, as if to want the exclusive right – and hence probably the reason why it is considered the flower of pride. In a certain sense it is also the flower of oblivion and forgetfulness: in ancient times decoctions and infusions were made with its roots that were served at funerals and weddings. In this way it was possible to fall into a stupor that could guarantee that oblivion and that detachment from reality to get in touch with the spirits. Finally, always the ancients – but more recently scholars such as Carl Peter Thunberg – attributed to the hydrangea diuretic and purifying qualities, ideal for recovering after a ‘

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