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. The flower heads produce large volumes of nectar and attract many birds and small mammals to feed on them.

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 or break two inches off of the stem end. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial 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.

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