Common Names: Trachelium, Throatwort, Blue Throatwort

Botanical names: Trachelium, (tra-KEEL-ee-um)

Availability: Year round; peak season March through November

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Dense clustered panicles of tiny florets at the end of stems 20 to 28 inches long.

Color: White, pink, purple and blue

Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek word trachelos for neck, a reference to the plant's medicinal properties.

Design notes: Excellent mass or filler flower adds interesting texture to floral designs.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with florets just beginning to open.

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.

Additional notes: Native to the Mediterranean region.