They are biennial, growing 15 to 60 cm tall, with blue green, slightly succulent leaves, and large single or double funnel shaped flowers. The petals are delicate and almost transparent. At the end of the long straight and bendable stems the flower bud is enclosed by long, narrow green sepals.
Lisianthus, Texan Poppy, Texas Bluebell, Tulip Gentian, Prairie Gentian
Northern South America, Mexico, Caribbean and since 1980 the range has developed considerably due to eustomas being cultivated in the Netherlands
green, white, cream, dark purple, lilac, pink, and bi-coloured
New varieties improve on vase life and are increasingly popular as a cut flower.
Seven to ten days with proper care. Avoid bright sunlight and humidity.
Beautiful small buds that look like tiny trumpets. Long stems can be woven into a design. Spiral in a glass vase. Although soft,the stems are still strong and can stand up in a vase.
Cut the stem at an angle and remove all the foliage that might fall below the conditioning water line. Place the stems in warm water with dissolved flower food for about two hours before designing.
Design Example: Prickly Oasis
Design Example: Feeling Funky
Design Example: So happy together
Design Example: Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.