Sunday, December 29, 2013

Berzelia – Texture for the Senses

Did you know that 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 green, looking much like masses of little green 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 woody stem.

Berzelia when mixed in designs exude a unique element of texture that not only appeals to your sense of sight, but also to your tactile senses as well. Whether it’s Berzelia Lanuginosa, Red Jelly or Galpinii, these small green buttons are engaging, making you want to reach out and touch them.

 Berzelia Lanuginosa

Berzelia Red Jelly

Berzelia Galpinii

 Here we've discovered a few ways Berzelia has been used all alone or as the focal flower.

Button Bush and flowers with similar textures create harmony and unity, and are truly a textural treat for your sense of sight and touch.


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