Top 9 wax flowers to know and love

Wax flowers are the unsung heroes of flowers. They may not be the attention-grabbing stars of the show in a vase as the dramatic Juliet rose, the fragrant cascading lilac or the pillowy peony, but they get along with everyone. In fact, they not only get along, but they are loyal and incredibly. long-lasting – and come in so many varieties. 

Their delicacy and mild fragrance make them such an easy filler for any occasion. In Latin, their name means “uncinatum” which means hooked – in reference to the tips of the leaves. Aside from the hybrids in new varieties of colors, the flowers benefited from a recent breeding program at the University of Western Australia where researchers developed flowers with larger bloom size and durability.

Wax flowers can not last up to 21 days. Pretty terrific right? Flower consultant John Donati says the popularity of wax flowers will only increase because of this “shelf life” as well as the diversity in color tones now bred at Obra Verde Growers.

So what are the 10 best wax flowers right now? Here is what Julie and Joe Walker told us. 

Matilda –  The deep red buds of Matilda appear in October-November and open to a large dime-sized white flower that sports a pink picotee ring in the center of the flower after being open for several weeks. The pink picotee continues to spread throughout the entire flower transforming the flower to a deep red. A hybrid created by the University of Western Australia the flower has a 21-day vase life.

Bridal Pearl – Bridal Pearl is one of the many Pearl flowers bred by the University of Western Australia. Bridal Pearl starts out pure white and takes on a light blush tone with age. All Pearl flowers were bred to bloom about 2-3 weeks apart to be available to the florist from December through May. All Pearl flowers have a 14 -21 day vase life and are considered hybrids.

Trifecta – Trifecta flowers start out white and quickly begin to change color to pink and purple. The three colors all occur on the same branch giving a very striking color combination that will stand out in any bouquet. Trifecta blooms have a 14-21 day vase life and are considered hybrids.

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