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HYDRANGEA (or Hortensia) is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants in the family. Hydrangea plants are native to China, Himalaya, Korea, Japan, Indonesia. and the Americas.
Interesting Notes :
Hydrangea Panicilata contains cyanide and is sometimes smoked despite the danger of illness or death.
Hydrangea Serrata is brewed into a herbal tea "Ama Cha" in Japan. It is brewed in Korea as "Sugukcha."
Fresh leaves are also dried and brewed to produce a Buddhist ceremonial tea "Kan Butsue" which is poured over a statue of Buddha. It is said nine dragons poured "Amrita" (i.e. a sacramental drink or blessed water) over Buddha on April 8, the day thought to be his birth day. Buddhist now use a form of Hydangea tea in place of the now elusive Amrita .
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