Hydrangea’s 7 Positive and Negative Meanings

Hydrangea’s 7 Positive and Negative Meanings

Hydrangeas bloom really nicely from June to July in the rainy season. Seeing a blue or pink hydrangea is really relaxing. It is actually nice to walk around and see these flowers in the rain.

This plant is originally from Japan. There are over 3,000 species, but you can divide them into 2 groups: lacecap hydrangeas and hydrangea macrophylla. The original one is called lacecap hydrangea and the one we see more often is called hydrangea macrophylla.

Much of what we usually see now is the hydrangea that went through selective breeding in Europe. This type of hydrangea is called western hydrangea. Hydrangea macrophylla blooms like a ball. The hydrangea has many different meanings according to the color and type. Let’s see some of those meanings.

Hydrangea’s 7 Positive and Negative Meanings


Blue hydrangea and its meaning

The blue hydrangea symbolizes “persevering love” or “patient love”. Also, the grey color resembles the sky of the rainy season. This also contributed to the creation of this meaning.

Hydrangea is the flower that Siebold, a Dutch doctor staying in Japan in the Edo period, really liked. He met Ms. Taki, the woman of his dreams, but he was dispelled from Japan. He took hydrangea with him and introduce it to Europe, naming it “Otakusa” after the name of his beloved one.

Therefore, “persevering love” comes from Siebold’s feelings towards her. The color of the flower is influenced by the soil. If the soil is acid, blue flowers will bloom. The pigmentation of hydrangea relies on anthocyanin. So the flower becomes blue if anthocyanin and aluminum are synthesized. In an acid soil, there are lots of aluminum. The flower becomes blue.


Pink hydrangea and its meaning

The pink hydrangea represents a “cheerful woman”. This meaning comes from France. The European soil is mostly alkaline, so the flower becomes pinkish. June to July in France is a really sunny, good weather.

The pretty pink color and the nice weather created this meaning. The hydrangea is an ornamental flower. The stamen and pistil have retrogressed and what we think is a petal is actually the calyx.

The name of the hydrangea comes from Azusai, which means gathering of blue flowers in Japanese. Later, Azusai became Ajisai, hydrangea in current Japanese. The name depicts really well the situation where small blue flowers are close together.


White hydrangea and its meaning

The white hydrangea symbolizes “tolerance” and “indecisiveness”. It does not possess anthocyanin. So the soil does not affect its color at all. As for the tea-of-heaven or hydrangea of the mountains, there are more white flowers in Eastern Japan and more blue ones in Western Japan.

In general, hydrangeas change their colors. Therefore, they meant “fickleness”, but now white hydrangeas are being used for the bouquet in weddings.

Couples that prefer simple bouquets seem to prefer white hydrangeas. Actually, it means “family bonds” and “persevering love”. Please explain the good messages to people who are concerned about the negative meanings.


Lacecap hydrangea and its meaning

The lacecap hydrangea symbolizes “humbleness”. This type of hydrangea is not round like a ball, but rather flat. It has lots of small flowers in the middle and bigger ornamental flowers around. Indeed, it looks like a picture frame.

“Humbleness” comes from the fact that the lacecap hydrangea only has a couple of ornamental flowers, while the hydrangea macrophylla transformed itself in a cluster of ornamental petals.


Hydrangea macrophylla and its meaning

The hydrangea macrophylla describes a “patient and vigorous woman”. Also it means “fickleness”, “arrogance”, “cheating”, “cold-heartedness”, “pride”, and “betrayal”. It can also mean “you are beautiful but cold”.

“Fickleness” comes from the constant change of colors. “Cold-heartedness” comes from its calm blue color. “Arrogance” is said to come from the fact that this flower is always at the center of people’s attention no matter where it blooms. A beautiful flower can also have negative meanings in such a way.


Fairy eye and its meaning

The fairy eye hydrangea symbolizes “a cheerful woman”, “family connections”, and “patience”. This specie is really popular because it changes how it blooms and its color 2 times.

In May, the pink fairy eye hydrangea looks like a double-petaled rose. In July, it becomes green. Finally, in October, it becomes red and the shape changes: it becomes round like a ball. This is really good to send for mother’s day because she can enjoy these changes.


The dance party hydrangea and its meaning

The dance party hydrangea symbolizes “strong love”, “a cheerful woman”, “family connections”, and “family unity”. It has a lot of positive meanings.

It has star-shaped pink petals that look like they are dancing. This is why it has this name. The dance party hydrangea is a pink, double-petaled flower with the beauty of stars. This is also very popular for mother’s day. If you plant this flower around mother’s day, you can enjoy the flowers next year once again.


How did you like it?

There are hydrangeas with positive and negative meanings. The negative ones derive from how the colors change and from the impression of the color blue. Also, if it is too beautiful, they are labeled as “arrogant”.

In Japan, they tend to be viewed as a symbol of “family bonds” or “family unity” from the impression that they give for being so close to one another. I recommend not to care too much about the negative meanings and just grow it in your house. It blooms every year and is easy to keep.

Also, I think it is suitable as a gift because there are so many beautiful species. Write down a positive meaning in a card. Attach this message to the gift, and anyone will be glad.



Hydrangea’s 7 Positive and Negative Meanings

Blue hydrangea and its meaning.
Pink hydrangea and its meaning.
White hydrangea and its meaning.
Lacecap hydrangea and its meaning.
Hydrangea macrophylla and its meaning.
Fairy eye and its meaning.
The dance party hydrangea and its meaning.

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