Common Names: Silver, Silver Berzelia

Botanical names: Berzelia lanuginosa

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 2 weeks or more

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Small, rounded flower heads that are borne on slender stems. These flower heads are composed of numerous tiny flowers clustered together. The foliage consists of small, needle-like leaves that are arranged densely along the stems.

Color: White, pale pink

Botanical facts: Berzelia (Berzelia lanuginosa) and Brunia (Brunia noduliflora) are often confused and while they are quite similar, and as a design element interchangeable, there are differences. Both belong to the family Bruniaceae and are native to the fynbos region of South Africa.

Design notes: Berzelia flowers and foliage are very long lasting. Berzelia is used as a filler in fresh and dried floral arrangements. The flower heads add delightful texture to designs.

Purchasing hints: Look for fresh, pliable foliage and flexible stems. The flower heads should be turgid and without any discoloration.

Conditioning: Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The name Berzelia honors Swedish chemist Jacob J. Berzelius.