Wax Flower - Chamelaucium

Common Names: Wax Flower. Chamelaucium

Botanical names: Chamelaucium uncinatum, (cham-ee-LAW-si-um un-si-NAY-tum)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 32 - 34 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Star-shaped blossoms of five petals 1/2 inch across along woody branching stems with needle-like leaves.

Color: White, pink, lavender and bi-color

Botanical facts: Native to Australia. Related to eucalyptus. Foliage releases a delightful lemon-citrus fragrance when crushed. The flowers are not fragrant.

Design notes: Wonderful filler flower. Flexible branches give motion to larger vase arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when one quarter of the blossoms are open. Branches should be very pliable. Avoid branches showing needle or blossom drop.

Conditioning: Break 2 inches off of the woody stem. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Often grown in Australia and shipped to the United States. Sensitive to Botrytis which can cause premature blossom fall.

Video Demonstration:

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