Common Names: Banksia, protea, bird's nest, giant bottle brush

Botanical names: Banksia, (BANK-see-ah)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 8 to 16 days, depending on species and cultivator

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Some varieties are sensitive.

Description: A dramatic cone-shaped blossom at the top of a woody, leafy stem.

Color: Red, orange, yellow and white

Botanical facts: Banksia is a member of the Proteaceae family which includes over 100 species of trees and shrubs, most of which are native to the cape region of South Africa.

Design notes: Colorful, textural and dramatic, Banksia is an immediate focal point in any arrangement. This long lasting flower is well suited for office or hotel arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Avoid flowers which have leaves that are turning black or are showing brown tips on the blossoms.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the stem with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Leaves usually turn black due to lack of carbohydrate and warm temperatures. To reduce leaf blackening, replace water and commercial floral preservative / floral food every two days. Banksia are easy to dry and make beautiful dried arrangements.