We're feeling inspired this summer with a fresh take on a favorite orange Banksia: Victoriae or also called Woolly Orange. Lovely ‘acorn’ shaped blooms when they’re fully developed, Victoriae starts as an intriguing woolly, greyish-white bud and becomes a brilliant orange as the styles open out. These styles form an inflorescence that’s made up of hundreds of tiny flowers that open from the base, giving them a fluffy appearance.
Victoriae blooms range in size from 6 to 10" in length and 5" in diameter, and have fabulous serrated foliage on long ridged stems. The main flowering season is mid to late summer. They have an extremely long vase life and dry beautifully.
What to look for:
- Inflorescences with the bottom 1/3 of flowers open and fluffy.
- Clear color - Grey flowers are old.
- Avoid wet flowers.
- Keep cool when possible
- Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem
- Re-cut at least 1/2" off each stem and place in cold water.
- Never bash or split stems.
- Replace vase water every day as Banksia are thirsty flowers.
- Never mist banksias as this could cause black marks to appear.