Common Names: Eriostemon, Waxflower, pink waxflower

Botanical names: Eriostemon spp.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 32 - 34 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small, delicate star-shaped flowers with five petals. The flowers bloom in clusters, creating a profusion of blooms that can be quite striking against the dark green foliage.

Color: Shades of pink and white.

Botanical facts: Eriostemon flowers are known for their sweet fragrance. Some varieties have fragrant foliage. Eriostemon is native to eastern Australia

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 leaf 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: Eriostemon – Greek – Erio from erion meaning ‘wool’; and –stemon from stema meaning “stamen”, referring to the woolly stamens of the flowers.