Origin of hydrangea
- New Latin Hydrangēa genus name hydr(o)– Greek angeion vessel (from the cuplike shape of their seed capsules) angio–
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek ὕδωρ (hydor, “water”) and ἄγγος (aggos, “jar”) after the shape of its fruits. Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).