One of the most famous flowers is the Hydrangea. Its name comes
from the shape of the flower, which looks (with a little
imagination) like an old pitcher. Botanist Grovonius discovered the
plant in 1771. He combined the names Hydro (which means water) and
Angeion (which means pitcher), and the name Hydrangea was born.
Another story about the origin of the name is the story that the
flower is named after a famous woman: Queen Hortense (daughter of
Napoleon and Josephine de Beauharnais).