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What are Hydrangeas?

According to dictionary.com, Hydrangeas are shrubs or trees of the Asian and American genus, Hydrangea. The word, “Hydrangea” comes from New Latin and Greek ‘hudōr’, meaning, ‘water’ and ‘angeion’ meaning ‘vessel’, probably derived from the cup-shaped fruit. While drinking chrysanthemum tea is common among Singaporeans, drinking ama-cha or sweet tea brewed from hydrangea serrata is as popular among some Japanese. Koreans use the same specie of hydrangea to make an herbal tea called sugukcha or ilsulcha. So, do be careful when choosing hydrangeas for brewing tea because some species contain cyanogenic glycosides, and are moderately toxic.

There are at least 70 species of hydrangeas. So, be sure to choose the right one. You may even get high when you smoke some species of dried hydrangeas. According to Theguardian.com report on 6 February 2014, the police in northern France was investigating thefts of hydrangeas. It was said that some people had been stealing hydrangea heads and leaves from gardens, mixing them with tobacco, and smoking them as a cheap alternative to cannabis. Local pharmacists said that the hallucinogenic effects of hydrangea are similar to that of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in the cannabis plant. To discourage people from being hooked to hydrangea-smoking, the French Authorities warned that the secondary effects of it are very bad for health. The flowers could cause stomach and respiratory problems, dizzy spells, and speed up heartbeats. If consumed in large quantities, smokers could even be poisoned to death.

Oh, oh, I guess, hydrangea-smoking in NOT worth trying. But these beautiful flowers are still worth keeping. One of the main purposes of cultivating hydrangeas is to use them as ornamental plants. Their large flower heads come in several colours: white, pink, blue and yellow. And they make beautiful bouquets too. If you want to keep your bouquet of hydrangeas looking good for a longer time, soak their woody stems in cold icy water. Hydrangeas are good drinkers and love cold temperatures. Before soaking, cut the stems at an angle so as to expose the flowers’ pores. This will help the stems to better absorb water. Change the water after two days or when it gets cloudy and muddy. Remember to cut the stems again to expose fresh pores; and remove any withered leaves. Be sure to keep the flowers away from direct sunlight. With care, your hydrangeas will look fresh and good for many days. Order one today! Good luck!