Pink Hydrangea

One of my favorite flowers is the pink hydrangea.  I love the flower head that is often bigger than the size of my hand.  The hydrangea grows from the spring to the fall.  I love the big showy bush that changes colors as it dries.  When the flowerhead is dried it becomes a delightful centerpiece that one can bring inside for decoration.  The hydrangea often is blue in color due to the acidity of the soil.  If the pH balance of the soil is below 7, blue or purple flowers are produced.  Aluminium ions are the determining factor for the floral pigment.  I took this photo and changed the distracting background to a gradient purple.  The hydrangea is an ostentatious flower that can not be denied the spotlight of the floral world.

hyrdrangea web with signautre

Hydrangea
Hydrangea May 2012-1.jpg
Hydrangea macrophylla
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Hydrangea
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Species
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Hydrangea (/hˈdrniə/;[1] common names hydrangea or hortensia) is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants nativeto southern and eastern Asia (China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas, and Indonesia) and the Americas. 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 m (98 ft) by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous.[2]

Having been introduced to the Azores, H. macrophylla is now very common, particularly on Faial, which is known as the “blue island” due to the vast number of hydrangeas present on the island.

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