September 14, 2009

Flower of the Month: Spotlight on LISIANTHUS

Okay flower lovers, here's your chance to learn more about one of the most versatile and long lasting flowers out there. The Lisianthus, pronounced lis-ee-AN-thus, is most commonly known as "Prairie Gentian" and "Texas Bluebell". It's a favorite of florists and consumers based on its versatility and length of life.

The blooms of a Lisianthus have showy, cup-shaped, tulip-like flowers. Sometimes, due to their double-flowered varieties, they are mistaken for garden roses. The stems are anywhere from 12 to 24 inches long with gray-green leaves. There are flower buds at several intervals up the stem.

Colors of a Lisianthus range from pastel pink, to yellow, lavender, salmon or coral, all the way to deep purples, white, green, and even red hues.

Lisianthuses are available year-round, but most prevalent from June to December. So you still have time if you'd like one, or many, in an arrangement from Lisa Foster Design!

Okay, so you have your facts, and you've decided to get the flower for you, or be absolutely thoughtful and give a special someone a boutique or an arrangement with a Lisianthus as a highlight...How long can you expect it to last?? Anywhere from 7 to 14 days. Blooms last about a week and larger buds on the stems should open within that time. Make sure you cut the stems and replace flowers in a clean container for the best results.

So there is it! Our first Flower of the Month; a new feature we're incorporating here on the blog. We want you to get the most bang for your buck and the most enjoyment out of whichever flower you choose for yourself or the special person receiving the colorful gift.

Here's a quick recap of our FOTM:

Beauty: Showy, cup-shaped flowers, resemble garden roses
Colors: Variety - pinks, purples, reds, yellow, green, bicolors
Care: Cut stems, clean container, cool area
Bloom Time: year-round, best in June - December; 7 - 14 days

We'd like to thank Florists Review for much of this information on Lisianthus. Visit their site if you'd like to find out even more about this particular flower. Photo courtesy

We hope this was helpful, and next time you get a beautiful Lisianthus, you'll know just what to do with it! Stay tuned to the blog for a new flower every month. Happy Pruning and Growing! And don't forget to order your own Lisianthus from Lisa Foster Floral Design!

Lauren, for:

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