Tuesday, February 16, 2016

In the Field: Guichenotia macrantha

Flowers are the little something that can change nearly everything. From bouquets of fresh-cut flowers to elaborate arrangements, each inspires a burst of floral bliss and a lot of drama (the good kind). With the season’s abundance of Australian wildflowers scattered throughout the fields, we turn to a ‘newbie’ here on the farm Yanchep Bells.

Guichenotia macrantha or also called Yanchep Bells is a beautiful flowering Australian Native shrub. It’s no secret that we think this gorgeous plant should definitely be receiving more attention from florists and designers for its wonderful flowers and foliage.

Guichenotia macrantha has delicate bell or lantern shaped pink to mauve flowers with very attractive silvery-grey foliage. Flowering from mid-winter through to early spring this wildflower adds a unique look and texture to bouquets and arrangements.

What to look for:
  • Branches with 1/3 to 1/2 of flowers open. 
  • Avoid bunches with wilted tips, yellow leaves or signs of flower drop.

Flower Care:
  1. Keep cool at all times. 
  2. Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem. 
  3. Re-cut at least 1/2” off each stem and place in cold water. 
  4. Always use a preservative as this will help keep open flowers looking fresh. 
  5. Replace water every day.

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