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Spiritual meaning of hydrangeas

Whether you are looking for the spiritual meaning of hydrangeas or want to pray for someone who is going through some big changes in their life, check out this article on the meaning of giving hydrangea. The message of living a life with determination, faith, and dedication comes through loud and clear in this flower’s ode to the steadfastness needed in life. So what does the hydrangea flower symbolize?

Hydrangeas: the name comes from the Greek word for “rainbow” because flowers are seen in a variety of different colors on the same bush. It is also believed that hydrangeas bring about positive changes and presage good fortune.

Hydrangeas represent spiritual strength and endurance. In the Bible, the hydrangea is also known as an emblem of wisdom and intelligence. They can symbolize a person who is quiet but strong-willed, or someone who is smart, but not necessarily high-profile or in the spotlight.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s been through a lot of challenges in their life, or someone who has had to be tough in order to get ahead in life, this could be a good choice.

what does the hydrangea flower symbolize

Hydrangea flowers are associated with spirituality, peace, and calmness, which is why they’re often used in meditation gardens and as gifts for friends who need some time away from the hustle and bustle of their normal lives.

The hydrangea flower has been used by many cultures around the world, including Native Americans and Japanese. The flower’s meaning varies depending on its color; blue hydrangeas signify love or friendship, pink ones bring good luck, red ones symbolize prosperity, white ones stand for purity or innocence, purple ones mean honor or royalty, and yellow ones represent passion or joy.

Hydrangeas are the perfect flower to bring into your home if you’re looking for a symbol of spirituality. They are thought to represent the divine and have been associated with spiritual growth, which is why they’re often used in religious ceremonies. Hydrangeas also have a long history of being used as offerings to deities, so they’re a great choice if you’re looking to make an offering or prayer.

In addition to their spiritual symbolism, hydrangeas also have a number of other benefits that make them great additions to your home. They can help purify the air in your home and act as natural insect repellents because of their strong fragrance. The petals are also edible, which means that you can use them in teas or salads!

spiritual meaning of hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are very popular both as cut flowers and plants for the garden because of their big, beautiful blooms. The large flowerheads look like pom poms growing on bushes that can get as tall as trees. They come in a variety of different colors and shapes.

There are over 75 species of hydrangeas, most of them native to Asia. The most widely known is the Hydrangea macrophylla also called bigleaf hydrangea. When you think of lush flower gardens or additions to large bouquets, this is probably the type that comes to mind.

blue and pink hydrangea in glass vase

Hydrangea History + Origins

The hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan and is often referred to as Ajisai. The flowers bloom during the rainy season (tsuyu) from June to July and turn places like the Meigetsuin Temple into a mystical, fragrant garden. The Japanese are famous for their mesmerizing gardens and revolving stories around their flowers. The hydrangea is no exception: legend has it that a Japanese emperor gifted blue hydrangeas to the family of a girl he loved to make up for neglecting her.

Not only the Japanese have enjoyed the sweet scent and vibrant colors of hydrangeas for centuries, ancient fossils dating back to 40-65 million years ago show that the plant has also been growing in North America for quite some time. In Europe, hydrangeas didn’t appear until 1736, when a colonist brought a North American varietal to England. Today, hydrangeas can be found all over Asia, the Americas and Europe, where they are mostly known as hortensias.

white and pink hydrangea in vase on glass table

Hydrangea Meaning + Symbolism

The etymological meaning of hydrangea stems from the Greek words for water, hydros and jar, angos. It was given to the plant because of its shape resembling an ancient water pitcher. How fitting, since hydrangeas require constant moisture to stay happy, healthy and blooming.

While everyone seems to agree that hydrangea care includes a lot of watering, the symbolism of the flowers varies drastically between cultures. In Japan, the flower is associated with heartfelt emotion, understanding and apology. The Japanese emperor apparently made a lasting impression not only on his girlfriend’s family but also the rest of his empire. The hydrangea can further symbolize unity and togetherness.

Contrastingly, hydrangeas have a negative sentiment in Europe where they were used to declare arrogance and boastfulness. This association is based on the ability of the plant to produce many flowers but very few seeds. English men in the 1800s used to send hydrangeas to women who rejected them, accusing them of frigidity. Thanks to the Victorian men’s poor attitude and lack of empathy, it is believed that young women who grow hydrangeas in their front yard will never get married. In other words: if you’ve been unlucky in finding a partner, maybe you should check your grounds for hydrangeas.

Hydrangea Meaning by Color

While hydrangeas symbolize different things across cultures, the meanings of the distinct colors are mostly uniform around the world. When you’re looking for the right hydrangea to express your feelings or intentions, no matter where you are, make sure to pick the right color.

hydrangea meaning guide for blue, white, pink and purple

Blue Hydrangea

As you already know, the Japanese tradition behind the blue hydrangea derives from the legendary apology of the emperor to his girlfriend. Whether you are in Japan or elsewhere in the world, the blue hydrangea symbolizes your gratitude and understanding for someone else and is always a thoughtful way of admitting that you’re sorry.

White Hydrangea

The white hydrangea symbolizes arrogance, vanity or boasting. This meaning probably stems from Victorian times, when men gifted the flowers to prospects they desired. White, however, also symbolizes purity and grace which makes white hydrangeas a beautiful and fitting addition to Easter bouquets!

Pink Hydrangea

Pink hydrangeas symbolize true feelings and are a great fit for spring and summer wedding bouquets or table arrangements. Some say pink hydrangeas carry sincere emotions and the meaning of love. Take a closer look at the individual blossoms and you’ll find they resemble a heart!

Purple Hydrangea

Last but certainly not least, the purple hydrangea represents the desire for deep understanding and is often chosen for gifts around the fourth wedding anniversary. The color purple is associated with pride, royalty and gratefulness across many cultures and certainly a beautiful way of showing appreciation for your partner after four years of marriage.

Hydrangea Facts

Hydrangeas are more than just pretty to look at. They have some surprising tricks up their leaves that make them a fascinating plant to novices and experts alike. Check out the facts below!

  • The different colors hydrangea blossoms display are directly related to the levels of acidity in the soil. To bloom in a vibrant to soft baby blue, the hydrangea needs acidic soil with a pH level below 5.5. For purple hydrangeas, the ideal pH level has to be anywhere from 5.5. to 6.5. Hydrangeas that are grown in soil with pH levels above 7 bloom in pink and even red. Grounds with different levels of acidity nearby can lead to beautiful color washes even within the same flowerheads.
woman holding blue hydrangea bouquet
  • If you think the colorful flowers are petals, you have been deceived. They are sepals, which are modified leaves that protect the flower bud. The beautiful color variations happen as the sepals age and the overpowering pigments turn the flowers from mundane greens into colorful beauties.
  • Hydrangea leaves contain low levels of the poison cyanide. Though rarely fatal, consuming the leaves can cause diarrhea, nausea and even seizures so parents of children and pets alike should make sure the flowers are out of reach.

Uses for Hydrangea

While you shouldn’t snack on the hydrangea leaves in your garden or bouquet (for reasons explained above), the leaves of the Hydrangea serrata are used by Buddhists to brew a sweet tea consumed as part of a cleansing ritual. It is said to help treat autoimmune disorders as well as malaria, kidney stones and enlarged prostate.

In Western culture, the hydrangea has many different uses. Native Americans used the root as a diuretic and the bark as pain relief specifically for muscle pain and burns.

woman holding blue and purple hydrangea

The hydrangea has a rich history that explains why there are so many different meanings associated with it. Though they can be quite confusing, we hope our color guide helped you understand the flower a little better.

The sheer size and variation of color make the hydrangea a beautiful garden plant that will leave others in awe of your sanctuary. If you don’t own your own green space, enjoy the lush flowers in a beautiful bouquet that will brighten any room with its sweet scent and vibrant blossoms.

meaning of giving hydrangea

Hydrangea plants are a great way to add color and texture to your garden. Hydrangea is an evergreen shrub that produces clusters of white flowers in the spring, followed by blue, pink or purple berry-like fruit. Hydrangea grows best in full sun and moist well-drained soil.

Hydrangeas need regular pruning throughout their growing season to keep them healthy and attractive. Prune them after flowering to shape the plant and remove dead or diseased branches. You can also prune away any spent flowers at this time as well.

During the growing season (late spring through fall), periodically check for brown leaves at the base of branches that may indicate disease or insect damage so you can treat those areas before they spread throughout the plant.

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