Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hydrangea Flowers





Hydrangea Flowers

Hydrangea flowers are produced from early spring to late autumn; they grow in flowerheads (corymbs or panicles) at the ends of the stems. In many species, the flowerheads contain two types of flowers, small fertile flowers in the middle of the flowerhead, and large, sterile bract-like flowers in a ring around the edge of each flowerhead. Other species have all the flowers fertile and of the same size.

In most species the flowers are white, but in some species (notably H. macrophylla), can be blue, red, pink, or purple. In these species the exact colour often depends on the pH of the soil; acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple. Hydrangeas are one of very few plants that accumulate aluminium. Aluminium is released from acidic soils, and in some species, forms complexes in the hydrangea flower giving them their blue colour.


Read more about Hydrangeas here

12 comments:

theysaywordscanbleed said...

i love, love hydrangea flowers!

Arlene,
Lakewood flowers

Susanne49 said...

Thank you very much for visiting my blog. I love them too, one of my favorites!

evlahos said...

it's amazing that you can found beauty in such a small flower. excellent shots

Susanne49 said...

Thank you evlahos,

for your nice compliment, very much appreciated.:-)

Jonara Blu Maui said...

These are beautiful! I've always loved hydrangea...used them in my wedding reception decorations :)

I have some in my backyard..2 plants in light purple..they also get light green flower bunches on them, I love those. And I have one in a dark pink color. You can grow them just by sticking a cliping in the ground!

You can see part of the light purple ones here when I took a picture of a green leaf cicada on them.

Also I found some really deep dark purple ones at the Kula Lavender farm a couple of weeks ago. I would love to have these in my backyard. I posted my pic of themhere

Susanne49 said...

Hi Jonara,

thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. I love these flowers too, like you. You have a very nice blog.

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

one of my neighbours has beautiful bushes of hydrangea. It is slightly pinkish so I guess they have alkaline soil.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Adam,

I think they grow without big problems almost everywhere. Thank you very much for visiting again and commenting on my blog, nice to see you around.:-)

Movi said...

i like this ... is a very special colour for me :)

Susanne49 said...

Hi Movi,

Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your nice comment. I'm glad I matched your favorite colors.:-)

Carole said...

Lovely images of hydrangeas. I have a blue one in a pot in my 'garden'.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Carol,

I love these flowers also very much, all colors. They have such a certain simple beauty!

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