Blushing Bride south african flower

Serruria Florida — Blushing Bride

Origin: South Africa

Season: May to October

Family: Proteaceae

Description: Each stem produces between 1 and 8 terminal, nodding flower heads. Each has delicate, papery, white bracts flushed with pink, surrounding a central fluffy mass of delicate florets. Initially these florets are white and joined together, but as the head matures each floret separates, and the colour changes to pink. The unopened flower heads are also very attractive.

Good to Know: Weak stems which cannot support the blooms is a common challenge with Blushing Bride. Serruria flowers dry out very quickly and need to be handled and packed accordingly. The pedicels are thin, and if they dehydrate too much they lose the strength to support the flowers. The pedicels are also vulnerable to botrytis infection, which also causes them to collapse.

Qualities:
Exceptionally long vase life
-Dry beautifully
-Great value

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Purchase Serruria Florida!

Purchasing Tips:
-Look for bunches with half of the flowers open.
-Avoid bunches with drooping blooms.
-Because of its robust nature, it’s perfect as a long lasting, out of the ordinary filler! If you are looking for something to last long and look the part, This is your flower!

Care Tips:
Keep cool when possible.
-Split bunches and strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem.
-Re-cut at lease ¼” off the stems and place in cool water immediately.
-Ensure flowers are placed in a clean vase with clean water.
-Always use a preservative as it will help the buds to open.
-Replace water frequently.

Ecology: Serruria Florida is native to South Africa and critically endangered in the wild. The flowers are pollinated by insects, seeds are released and dispersed by ants in their underground nests forming a seed bank. For Serruria Florida is highly dependant on a fire ecosystem. The parent plants will die in a fire and only the seeds survive to form the next generation. Seeds will only germinate after fire has occurred. All too frequently the fires destroy the natural seed bank as young seedlings require two years before they are mature enough to produce flowers and the new seed crop.

Inspiration:

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Bouquet with Serruria Floria, Astilbe and Parrot Tulips.