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Hydrangea Introduce

Japan's four seasons change significantly, and the flowers bloom and fade, telling the passage of time in the natural world. I sent away the cherry blossoms in April, the wisteria in May, and in June, I waited for clusters of hydrangea to bloom. Speaking of the impression of hydrangea, there are always clear and bright raindrops rolling on the dense petals and huge leaves, as if blessed by the baptism of sacred water, the vitality is blooming all over the ground. In Taiwan, we call her "Hydrangea", as the name suggests, because the overall shape is like a hydrangea in the hands of a newly married woman. Other names include "Hydrangea" and "Hydrangea", but no matter how you call it, it makes sense. You can find it, let's find out before you go out to enjoy the flowers.

Flip through ancient books and talk about the reason for the name "Hydrangea"


In Japanese, the hydrangea is called "あじさい" (pronounced: AJISAI), which is pronounced first, followed by the Chinese character "紫阳花". There are various opinions on the semantic origin of "AJISAI". The most powerful explanation is that its overall color is blue, so it is called "Jizhen Blue (あづさあい/あづさい)" (pronounced: ADUSAAI). In addition, the oldest one from Japan You can also find Chinese characters recorded as "Wei Xia Lan" and "An Zhi Zuo Wei" in the Hege Collection "Many Leaves Collection." Other Chinese-related sayings mention that the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi once wrote a seven-character quatrain "Ziyanghua" 》:


When is it planted on the altar of immortality, sooner or later, it will be transplanted to the Fan family.

Although no one knows it in the world, he and the king make hydrangea.


In the caption, it is stated that "there is a mountain flower and a tree in the Zhaoxian Temple, no one is well-known, the color is purple and fragrant, it is beautiful and lovely, and it is quite a fairy, because it is named after the hydrangea", until the Japanese scholars in the Heian period mistakenly planted the "hydrangea" ,Still in use. But why do you say "misplantation"? The reason is that the fairy that Bai Juyi saw with the "color purple fragrance" may not be the hydrangea that everyone knows now, because although the "color purple" hydrangea does not have any fragrance. After later research, it was suggested that the fairy flower that Bai Juyi saw might be a "lilac" instead of the hydrangea which is now called hydrangea.


Hydrangea was originally a unique flower species in Japan. In the 19th century, it was passed by a German doctor, Philipp. Philipp Franz von Siebold (Philipp Franz von Siebold) studied a lot of Japanese animals and plants during his stay in Japan. In the plant works published with his friends in the future, there are nearly 14 varieties of hydrangea in Japan, which have been improved and further improved. Returned to Japan, the English name is "Hydrangea". Its original Latin meaning is "a container of water." It turns out that the hydrangea leaves have larger stomata and require more water, hence the name. The east and west naming methods are different from the emphasis, and it is actually quite interesting to read them carefully.

Flower viewing, are the flowers real flowers?


The interesting hydrangea, in addition to the different opinions on the origin of the name, the structure of the flower body is actually quite interesting. It turns out that the petals that hold up the overall shape are not real petals. The flowers that have been admired for a long time are actually "calyxes." The calyx is usually green, and the area is smaller than that of the flower, but the calyx of the hydrangea is reversed, large and colorful. Where is the so-called "flower" of hydrangea? It turns out that the "calyx" is a decorative flower (peripheral flower). Only the small flower buds in the center surrounded by decorative flowers will produce real flowers, called bisexual flowers. Some species of bisexual flowers are surrounded by decorative flowers, and the male and pistil have pollen that can be reproduced by mating. Therefore, the biggest function of decorative flowers is to attract insects to help the bisexual flowers to mate with pollen. Such distinctive functions developed in order to continue life are quite common in nature. If you only look at it with your usual eyes, you will misunderstand the wisdom of nature.