Berzelia, the gorgeous and other-worldly botanical muse of plant lovers and floral designers around the world, are a long time favorite of ours here on the farm. But for all the visual impact these bobbles offer, their unique element of texture not only appeals to your sense of sight, but also to your tactile senses as well. Whether it’s Berzelia Lanuginosa or Red Jelly, these small, round buttons are engaging, making you want to just reach out and touch them.
Berzelia belongs to the family Bruniaceae, one of the few plant families that are endemic to the Cape floral kingdom and the Western Cape of South Africa. Berzelia or also referred to as ‘Button Bush’ is typically used when its clusters of round flower heads are still closed and a green or cream color, looking much like masses of colorful peas attached to a sturdy stem. Below the flowering heads are wispy side shoots of small needle-like foliage which are grouped in whorls going up the long, woody stem.