Common Names: Boronia

Botanical names: Boronia, (ba-RONE-knee-ah)

Availability: January to September, with peak supplies in the spring

Vase life: 6 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small waxy bell-shaped flowers in loose clusters along upper stems.

Color: Hot pink, light pink, and purple

Botanical facts: Boronia is native to Australia and is in the citrus fruit family. There are over 160 species of Boronia. B. heterophylla is the species most common for floral design.

Design notes: Designing with flowers of the same color creates an uplifting arrangement.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when most blooms are still closed. Leaves should be soft and pliable.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the 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: Boronia is very sensitive to dehydration. Do not allow them to run out of water. Boronia can be easily air dried. The leaves of Boronia have a wonderful citrus fragrance.