Flower Guide for Hydrangea

There is nothing shy about Hydrangea. They have enormous mass flower heads with beautiful star shaped flower petals that create coloration and textural interest in large arrangements.

One of the most popular blooms for wedding and events, for large floral displays and gift bouquet work.

Common Name(s): Hydrangea

Botanical Name(s): Hydrangea (hi-DRAN-jee-ah)

Form: Round

Botanical Facts: The name 'Hydrangea' is derived from Greek and means water vessel (Hydor).

Description: Large rounded clusters of florets with star-like petals.

Types of Hydrangea

There are different types of Hydrangea available on the flower markets. Varieties can vary in shape, colour, type and head size. Here are three types that are commonly used in floristry & flower arranging.

Colours: White, Pink, Purple, Green, Red, Blue, Bi-coloured and vintage (classic) hues.

Flower Guide Hydrangea Fresh
Flower Guide Hydrangea Classic
Flower Guide Hydrangea Colombian

Caring for Hydrangea

The name 'Hydrangea' is derived from Greek and means 'water vessel' (Hydor). This name was given to the plant as they are incredibly thirsty flowers.

For purchasing, it is advised to source brightly coloured, full flower heads with well hydrated leaves. For conditioning, remove all foliage below the waterline, cut with a sharp knife or scissors and hydrate with flower food for a couple of hours or overnight before storage or usage.

Caring for Hydrangea is different to most flower varieties and they can be tricky as they are very wilt sensitive. Refer to the video on tips to help you revive Hydrangea should this occur.

Vase Life: 7 to 14 days

Stem Type: Woody


Seasonal Availability

Most European Hydrangea are only available seasonally, whereas Colombian Hydrangea are available year round. The European are larger in size with more colour choices.

Availability: May to November 

Substitution: Colombian varieties are available year round

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