Stella - Inírida Flower

Common Names: Stella, Inírida flower, flor de Inírida

Botanical names: Guacamaya superba

Availability: Limited availability. A recent introduction to the commercial floristry market.

Vase life: 21 to 28 days

Storage temperatures: 40 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: A spiky ball shaped flower atop a slender reed-like stem.

Color: Red, pink, white.

Botanical facts: Stella grows in a small area along the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

Design notes: The dramatic shape of the Stella adds interest and texture a floral design. The straight slender stems work well in parallel design styles. The flowers are easy to dry.

Purchasing hints: Select straight stems with undamaged flower heads.

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The Inírida Flower (Stella) is a symbol of eternal and unconditional love based on the legend of Princess Desikoira ("Scented Woman" in her native language). Legend says that a long time ago a beautiful native princess was deeply in love with a forbidden love. However, Desikoira had to get married to a different man to keep the stability of her kingdom. Her fiance, desperate for the princess's love, used a very potent potion to get her to fall in love with him. Desikoira, who was under the effects of this potion, and knew what her heart truly desired, ran away from home. The legend says that on the way, she picked up some fallen stars from heaven which had the form of the Inírida Flower. These flowers guided her to the Mavicure Mountains, where she stayed forever.