Delicate flowers in white, pink, red, green, mocha, violet, magenta, purple and near-black, with a rugged disposition and a symbolism to be proud of: lisianthus will be on the Flower Agenda in October. You can download inspiration images of this flower at the bottom of this page and use them free of charge if you credit Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk.
The lisianthus (Latin name: Eustoma russellianum or grandiflorum) originates from the United States, where it grows as an annual plant in desert and prairie regions, often in riverbeds where the plant has access to fresh water. The name lisianthus is a combination of the ancient Greek words ‘lysis’ and ‘anthos’, which respectively means ‘bitter’ and ‘flower’. The words refer to the bitter taste of some medicinal plants. Just to be on the safe side, we should probably flag up that the plant and flower are not suitable for human consumption.
The lisianthus comes in two forms: the single-flowered and the double-flowered. The size of the flowers can range from small to large. It takes ten to twelve weeks to grow from a cutting to a flower, regardless of the time of year. Lisianthus is therefore available throughout the year in a wide range of colours. There are also plenty of bicoloured varieties, which attractively combine white with a colour. A new addition to the range are the varieties with extra-large full flowers and lots of petals. The natural-looking varieties are also increasingly common - these flowers appear to have been freshly picked.
What to look for when buying lisianthus
- The length, weight (in grams) and the ripeness of the flower (stage 1 to 5).
- Lisianthus must be free of pests and diseases such as botrytis.
- Check that the leaves are not yellow or wilting, and make sure the stems are not crooked or drooping.
- The flowers should not be too raw, particularly in winter, because they will not open.
- Growers pre-treat the flowers to improve the vase life.
Care tips for professionals
- Place lisianthus in clean buckets or vases with clean water.
- Add a preservative to ensure that the flowers open well and that the water is not contaminated by bacteria.
- Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water.
- Trim a couple of centimetres off the stems with a clean sharp knife or secateurs.
- Possibly remove some sideshoots (disbudding) or leaves for a better vase life.
Display tips for professionals
Lisianthus offers a host of possibilities. From a coffee table bouquet to bridal work, and from classic biedermeiers to modern parallel arrangements - anything is possible. A bouquet consisting simply of lisianthus looks fabulous, or allow the flower to shine in a mixed or field bouquet. Memorial work with white lisianthus flowers, roses, gerberas and Gysophila and supporting foliage from Fatsia (Aralia), Aspidistra and leather leaf fern is a real classic.
Care tips for customers
- Trim the stems slightly diagonally with a sharp knife.
- Remove excess foliage, so that no leaves are hanging in the water.
- Give the lisianthus a clean vase with clean water.
- Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
- Regularly top up the vase: lisianthus needs a lot of water.
- The thin leaves means that water evaporates rapidly, So don’t place them in the sun or near other sources of heat.
- Do not place lisianthus in a draught or next to the fruit bowl either.
Inspiration & information
Inspiring images of every flower on the Flower Agenda have been produced in line with the Horticulture Sector Trends 2020 (Groenbranche Trends 2020). These trends are a translation of the latest consumer trends aimed at the horticulture sector.
You can download the below poster to print and use:
Download A3 Lisanthus Poster
The lisanthus is in the Flower Agenda in October
You can download and use these inspiration images free of charge if you credit Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk.