Common Names: Ecualyptus, Silver Dollar Ecualyptus, Seeded Ecualyptus, Willow Ecualyptus, Baby Blue Ecualyptus
Botanical names: Eucalyptus, (yoo-ka-LIP-tus)
Availability: Year round
Vase life: 7 to 28 days
Storage temperatures: 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: No
Description: Over 200 species of foliage of widely varying shapes. Round and oval to willow-like. Numerous species grown for the distinctively shaped seed pods.
Color: Foliage color varies by species; blue-green, green, dark green, silver-grey
Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek words eu (well) and kalypto (to cover), referring to how the calyx forms a lid over the flowers in the bud. Eucalyptus oil is an herbal remedy used for respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus is native to Australia and Tasmania.
Design notes: A wonderful group of fragrant foliages which can be used to establish line, texture and create motion in a floral design.
Purchasing hints: Purchase foliage that is turgid and pliable. Avoid foliage with wilted tips.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Give the woody stem a fresh break or cut. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Eucalyptus will produce damaging levels of ethylene if water-stressed. Removing leaves from eucalyptus will produce a sticky residue. This can be removed from your hands by using a soap that contains lanolin. You may want to use gloves when working with eucalyptus.