Common Names: Tweedia, Milkweed Flower, Blue Star Flower and Southern Star.

Botanical names: Oxypetalum coeruleum

Availability: Spring and Summer

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Tweedia flowers showcase a unique star-shaped form with five delicate pointed petals. The flowers often bloom in clusters.

Color: Vivid blue

Botanical facts: The name comes from the Greek “oxys” (sharp) and “petalum” (a petal), referring to the pointed petals of the flower. Tweedia is native to South America

Design notes: These wonderful blossoms with their delicate petals and vivid blue color are a striking addition to a floral design. Tweedia blossoms can be used in arrangements to add mass or as a filler.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with few blossoms open and buds showing color.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. 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: Tweedia holds symbolic meanings associated with love, devotion, and purity, making it a meaningful choice for weddings, romantic gestures, and heartfelt gifts.

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