Would you know an Agapanthus flower if you saw it? How about Cymbidium Orchids, or Double Purple Lisianthus, or Purple Statice? Don’t feel bad if you do not have a clue as to what any of these flower look like or any inability to identify them in a flower arrangement. Many can’t identify many flowers when presented along with thousands of other flowers. But does it really matter when they all look so fantastic in a flower arrangement
Agapanthus is the only genus in the flowering plant family Agapanthaceae. The family is in the monocot order Asparagales. Agapanthus is commonly known as “Lily of the Nile”, but it is not a lily and all of the species are native to South Africa from the cape to the Limpopo River.
Cymbidium or boat orchids, is a genus of 52 evergreen species in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It was first described by Olof Swartz in 1799. The name is derived from the Greek word kumbos, meaning ‘hole, cavity’. It refers to the form of the base of the lip. This genus is distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia (such as northern India, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Borneo) and northern Australia. The larger flowered species from which the large flowered hybrids are derived grow at high altitudes.
Double Purple Lisianthus
Lisianthus (Eustoma Grandiflorum) is a genus of 3 species in the family Gentianaceae. Lisianthus are found in warm regions of the Southern United States, Mexico, Caribbean and northern South America. Lisianthus is popular in horticulture, as an ornamental, a potted indoor plant, and as a cut flower.
Purple statice has long been a favorite filler flower in floral arrangements. It seems to last forever as a cut flower and it dries easily, meaning that its bright purple color can be enjoyed for years to come. Although it is available in other hues, such as pink, yellow, peach, blue and white, statice is most associated with the color purple. Ironically, the purple parts of the inflorescence are not really flowers at all. Rather, they are known botanically as “bracts”: modified leaf forms that serve to call attention to the insignificant “true” flowers.