Blue Lace Flower

Common Names: Didiscus, Blue Lace Flower, Lace Flower

Botanical names: Trachymene, (tray-ki-MEE-nee)

Availability: June through November

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Rounded clusters of delicate florets. Very similar in appearance to Queen Anne's Lace.

Color: White and blues

Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek reference to the fruit of the Trachymene - trachys (rough) and meninx (membrane).

Design notes: Trachymene is an excellent filler flower and a very graceful mass flower. Beautiful in garden vase arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Buy in closed state with a few blossoms open.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. 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: Blue Lace Flowers are native to Australia and were introduced to the new world in 1828. The flowers were a popular cottage garden flower during Victorian times, but lost its popularity in the mid-20th century. The Blue Lace Flower is now re-emerging as an important cut flower.