Common Names: Stephanotis, Jasmine
Botanical names: Stephanotis, (ste-fa-NO-tis)
Availability: Year round
Vase life: 3 to 4 days
Storage temperatures: 40 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Small, waxy, highly fragrant, star-shaped flowers. The blossoms are cut from a vine and sold stemless in humid, air tight boxes or bags.
Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek words Stephanos (crown) and otos (ear), the Greek name for myrtle which was used to make crowns.
Design notes: These fragrant blossoms are used in wedding a corsage work.
Purchasing hints: Purchase open flowers with waxy appearance. Avoid bruised blossoms.
Conditioning: Open shipping carton and inspect flowers. Discard bruised and damaged blossoms. Float the blossoms in a 50/50 solution of Crowning Glory and water for 20 minutes. Drain and return to shipping carton, seal and refrigerate at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for up to one week.