Common Names: Coleonema, Diosma, Breath of Heaven
Botanical names: Coleonema pulchrum, (ko-lee-o-NEE-ma PUL-krum.
Availability: February through May
Vase life: 5 to 7 days
Storage temperatures: 35 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: A heathlike shrub with clusters of tiny blossoms near stem ends. Stems covered in small needle-like leaves.
Color: White, red, pink and lavender
Botanical facts: A member of the citrus family.
Design notes: Fragrant; an excellent filler flower.
Purchasing hints: Purchase when one quarter of the blossoms are open. Branches should be very pliable.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Break two inches off of the stem ends. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Coleonema is Greek for sheath and filament. Foliage is aromatic, citrus fragrance.