Each month, we pay special attention to the flower of the month and the decoration greens that best match this month’s pick. Normally, we only stock the greenery and not the flowers that are featured, but this month it worked out a bit differently.
This is because September won’t just be about a single flower; instead, they have picked three! Anthurium, Gloriosa and Strelitzia – each a striking exotic flower reminiscent of tropical destinations. It is for a good reason that we already stock two out of three of these lovely varieties as part of our exotics collection. Of the third we do have the beautiful foliage available, but not the actual flowers themselves.
This first exotic flower originates from an area spanning most of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. The flower was discovered in 1876 by the French botanist Eduard André.
It would have been quite hard to miss, too, as the Anthurium bracts come in shiny white, red, pink, purple, orange, green and multicolour varieties. Definitely striking. Did you know that the flower of Anthurium is not actually its bright-coloured bract, but the flower spadix that sticks out?
In addition to its gorgeous appearance, Anthurium is special because to many it symbolises exotic beauty. We certainly understand where they are coming from!
The next exotic beauty is a climbing lily that still occurs in the wild in India and southern Africa. Gloriosa’s full name is Gloriosa rothschildiana, after zoologist Lionel Rothschild.
Petite, bright green stems and graceful, greenish-yellow pistils dancing at the very ends. Above, six wavy, flaming petals show themselves once the plant is in full bloom. Striking Gloriosa is a bit of an outsider botanically speaking in that it’s a small tuber that grows into a spectacular climber. The plant pulls itself up using the little curled tips of its leaves to take hold of its surroundings.
Gloriosa’s flowers represent ambition and success. They make the ideal gift for someone who is starting a new job.
We only stock Strelitzia leaves, not the flowers themselves. Strelitzia is originally from South Africa and has been distributed all around the world from the 18th century onwards.
Strelitzia is related to banana plants, which certainly shows from the foliage. The leaves are a greyish green colour, long and spoon-shaped. Both leaves and stems are smooth all over. Strelitzia greenery is very firm and therefore a solid choice to wrap around a bouquet, as well as a stylish addition to any flower arrangement.
In order to keep these exotic varieties looking fresh, give them the attention they need and follow these bits of advice:
- Using a sharp knife, cut the ends off the stems at roughly a 45-degree angle.
- Fill a clean (glass) vase with around 7 cm of tap water at room temperature. Add flower food if you have a mixed bouquet.
- Maintain the right ambient temperature (max 20°C).
- Never leave your exotic flowers in a draft, in direct sunlight, near a radiator or next to a fruit bowl.
- Top up with tap water on a regular basis.
Published on: 31 August 2017