Lepto Rotundifolia, a member of the Myrtle family and related to clove, eucalyptus and guava, can be easily confused with its relative the waxflower. Often called “Blue Lepto” or “Lavender Queen”, this Australian native is a favorite around Easter and Mother’s Day.
The long woody stems produce clusters of white, pale mauve or lavender flowers that complement the beauty of proteas as well as an array other spring flowers and foliage.
Rotundifolia is versatile and can be used in a variety of other ways. Its long stems are excellent for adding line to an arrangement and are especially chic in oriental and contemporary designs. The stems can also be shaped into decorative handles for baskets, added to dish gardens or make a charming accent in bud vases. Once the flowering season ends, wonderful seed pods form on the branches creating a fun and textural foliage for autumn bouquets and arrangements.
What to look for
- Buy stems in the bud stage to ensure the longest vase life.
- Avoid bunches that are shedding or flowers that are turning brown.
- Stems should be re-cut with pruning shears. The stems are very woody and may be tough to re-cut, but worth the effort as it will increase longevity.
- Place stems loosely in a bucket of flower food solution and place in a cool place where they will get good air circulation.
- Rotundifolia has a vase life of 7-14 days