Common Names: Eustoma, Lisianthus, Love Rose, Prairie Gentian, Texan Bluebell

Botanical names: Eustoma, (yew-STOW-mah)

Availability: Year round with a peak of June through August

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Delicate cup shaped, multi-petaled blossoms opening into a rose-like bloom. Five or more blooms to the stem.

Color: White, lavender, purple, pink and bi-colors

Botanical facts: Lisianthus is native to the prairies of North America.

Design notes: These beautiful blossoms are a delightful addition to mixed arrangements. While arranging, be aware that the blossom heads are very heavy on slender stems, and design so that the heads will remain upright. Lisanthus blossoms last well and are excellent for corsage work.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with at least three blossoms. One blossom on the stem should be 3/4 open with other mature buds showing color. Look for and avoid stems with bruising on the petals.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.