Sunday, January 5, 2014

Serruria - From Nearly Extinct to Our First Harvest

Serruria is one of the most delicately beautiful flowers of the Proteaceae family and has achieved something of a connoisseur status among designers, partly because of its relative rarity in cultivation and because of its soft color, unique look and wonderful texture.

Did you know Serruria Florida was extinct for nearly 100 years in the wild in South Africa until an accidental fire germinated seeds in the Fransch Hoek Mountains?  Fortunately, conservation efforts in the 1960's and 70's saved it and now this beautiful flower is being grown and harvested in many parts of the world.

This week we added Rainbow to the list of places Serruria is now being cutivated!  We've waited for this moment for many years - searching for the plants and cuttings, learning to understand and manage their tender nature and locating the perfect spot to plant them.  As you can see the wait was definitely worth it, we harvested many beautiful stems of California Grown Serruria and it was certainly a cause for Celebration!

In the years ahead, we plan to increase our production of Serruria and hopefully make Rainbow home to a few more varieties of this delightful genus from South Africa's Cape.

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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