Lisianthus, often favored by floral designers when an elegant flower is needed for an arrangement, it is the epitome of a classy, versatile flower. The ruffled petals and elegant buds come in many colors. The delicate-looking blooms are known for not only their beauty, but also their ability to hold up as a cut flower in a vase for up to two weeks or longer.
Although this plant now has the common name lisianthus, it has a long history of botanical name changes. Whatever name it goes by, the blooms of lisianthus are what this plant is all about. They come in a range of colors: white, blue, purple, and pink, as well as bicolor combinations of those hues. The flowers also come in a single form, with simply one ring of petals around the center, or a double form with several rows of petals. Lisianthus is native to ditches and grasslands in some western states. To survive in these harsh environments, this plant has very thick, waxy foliage to help prevent it from drying out. This also gives a pretty bluish-green cast to the foliage that accents the eye-catching blooms.
Lisianthus is native to ditches and grasslands in a few of the western states. To survive in these harsh environments, this plant has very thick, waxy foliage to help prevent it from drying out. This also gives a pretty bluish-green cast to the foliage that accents the eye-catching blooms.
Lisianthus Care Must-Knows
When growing lisianthus, plan on investing some time. This plant can take a long while to grow from seed, sometimes as long as 15-20 months from sowing to bloom. The seed of this plant is also so fine and dust-like that it's challenging to sow just a few plants at a time.
Because many of these varieties have been developed for cut flowers, some of these plants will require staking to make sure they don't flop. Some newer varieties are bred to be dwarf, which is much better for a home garden setting. When selecting blooms for cut flowers, pick stems that are nearly but not quite fully open. Buds that are too small and tight won't open properly on their own.