Choisya ternata

Many years ago I bought three choisya ternata plants. I planted them fairly close together in the border. Up until two years ago, I had a lovely 5ft tall rounded shrub. Then it snowed heavily and the weight of the snow snapped several branches. I tied them up with some string to try to retain the shape, and they survived, but the lovely shape of the plant has not recovered and it is more a sort of goblet shape. My question is, should I prune it all really hard, removing the broken branches and take it back to three much smaller shrubs to see if it helps with the shape?

cluelessgardener

2019-09-15

It can be a little risky, but if the lovely shape of your Choisya has been ruined, then they usually bounce back again after being cut back quite hard in late spring.

2019-09-17

Helen

I bought this plant a month or so ago. To start with it was really green but lately I have found a number of yellow leaves. It is in a large pot in a sheltered position with afternoon sun and I have been watering it every other day until it is established. My questions is am I watering it too much/not enough or is it something completely different. Help!!!

Ronin

2018-09-21

The best way to determine if a plant is getting too much water is to feel the compost, and if it is still wet the plant wont need any more. My general guidelines for watering are simple. I recommend giving the plant a thorough soak, making sure the excess water can drain way freely from the bottom of the pot, then let the compost get reasonably dry before repeating the process again.

2018-09-25

Helen

I’ve just bought two Choisya ternata. I’m happy for them to overlap, but don’t want a gap. How far apart should they be planted?

Tenaciously Tina

2016-08-06

Hello, These plants have an eventual spread of around 2.5m, but if you are trying to create a hedge, they can be planted as close 45cm together.

2016-08-08

Helen

Hi, I want to plant a Choisya hedge along our boundary with our neighbour where the neighbour’s side is their driveway. How far from the boundary line would you suggest I plant the Choisya so the plants will reach but not encroach on their side. I would hope to grow them to a max of 4-5ft tall. Thank you.

Busylisy

2016-03-07

Hello, These plants have an eventual height and spread of around 2.5m, but it is possible to keep them a little more compact by cutting them back immediately after flowering (any later and you may not get flowers in the following year). To be on the safe side however, I would probably recommend you planting them at least 1m away from your neighbours drive.

2016-03-08

Helen

our Choisya Ternata bought from you last year has survived the shocking winter in the top end of the Dales but the leaves are all yellow now (it is not Sundance) with what shall I feed it?

Spinone Lover

2013-04-20

Hello, These plants will benefit from a good general-purpose fertiliser. Some of the best include Growmore or MiracleGro. Application rates will vary depending on which one you opt for, but it is important to follow the manufacturers instructions carefully.

2013-04-22

Helen

Plants for a sunny bed and clay soil Dear Sir or Madam We have been looking at various shrubs to plant into a border that gets plenty of sun all year round. The soil is clay based, which appears to dry out rapidly but it has been enriched from time to time with compost etc. Would you be able to offer any suggestions as to what we could plant? We have a few plants in the border….a palm that was planted last spring and appears to be establishing itself quite well, a holly tree that needs no attention as it’s mature. Also we have 2 conifers which were planted with no real thought to be honest; although they were initially in pots on our decking,- I don’t think they will grow too tall due to their variety. We would like something that will flower, but not grow too high, say, no more than 2metres or so in maturity. We are eager to get something of worth growing, as our neighbours have cut down a lot of their trees and shrubs adjacent to our fence, leaving the view somewhat sterile and unappealing. Just for the record, the opposite side of our garden is fine! Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

peter mcintyre

2010-03-15 2010-03-16

Crocus Helpdesk

Balcony plants please I have just moved into an apartment with little room, could you please recommend evergreens, if possible with fragrance and colour. Balcony size is nearly 3 by 5 metres, south facing. Most grateful Yvonne

Yvonne Gowers

2010-02-27 2010-03-01

Crocus Helpdesk

Growing plants for a wedding Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ….. I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

2010-01-08

Thank you so much Helen – amazing! I’ll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

2010-01-08

Crocus Helpdesk

2010-01-08

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Choisya size? Please could you advise what size your 7.5lt Choisya ternata are? Thank you

Andrew Scott

2009-07-29

Hello There, These will be around 30-40cm tall, but nice and bushy.

2009-07-30

Crocus Helpdesk

Is Choisya is OK in a pot? Dear Crocus, I am looking for a reasonable sized plant or shrub to go in a large tub. I was thinking of Choisya ternata. Do you think that would be suitable or have you a better idea – please? I live in a sheltered, fairly sunny spot. I will be very grateful for any advice offered to me. Barbara

Barbara Mickleburgh

2009-07-04

Hello Barbara, Choisyas are one of my all time favourites and they tend to do really well in pots, so yes I think it would be a great idea. Try to get the largest pot you can find and make sure it is kept well fed and watered and I’m sure you will be very happy with it.

2009-07-08

Crocus Helpdesk

Plant this Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) doesn’t give you oranges but this shrub has much to offer: evergreen aromatic foliage, fragrant white flowers in spring and late summer, and an ability to thrive in many different garden settings. The cultivar ‘Aztec Pearl’ has finer foliage and a compact form.

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Mexico’s terrain is filled with rugged mountains, low coastal plains and deserts. Each landscape has its own unique climates and flowers. The diverse land breeds a fascinating array of flowers, in fact, you would not find so many contrasting flower types.

Home gardens are incredibly common in Mexico, and flowers are a key symbol in many Mexican festivals, including the Day of the Dead. Follow our guide to discover the most popular Mexican flowers, where to see them and how they are used during the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Many flowers from Mexico can be found in a traditional bouquet.

15 Mexican Flowers + Symbolism

Mexican mythology attributes specific flowers to several deities, which is part of the reason each flower has a particular meaning or symbol. Many of these glorious flowers are gifted globally but their symbolic meanings may be easily overlooked. Learn about each well-known Mexican flower to see which one is your favorite.

1. Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia)

This Mexican sunflower appears on shrubs and the blooms look similar to a daisy. The petals primarily come in shades of yellow and red. Each shrub grows around 80–120 flowers, making them dense with beautiful blooms. The flower attracts many butterflies, which helps with pollination.

  • Symbolism: Faith, loyalty and adoration
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Blooms: Summer to Early Autumn

2. Laelia Orchid (Laelia Rubescens)

This flower is also called the “rosy-tinted laelia.” It grows on trees or rocks. Orchids are very sturdy and many people welcome them into their homes as table centerpieces. This stunning Mexican orchid usually has pale shades of pink blossoms.

  • Symbolism: Love, luxury and beauty
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Blooms: All year long

3. Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans)

As the name states, this flower smells a lot like a pineapple! The blossoms are a bright red color and the foliage can be used for cooking when crushed. Many people enjoy using pineapple sage as ground cover in their gardens.

  • Symbolism: Healing
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Blooms: Late Summer to Early Autumn

4. Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia Spicigera)

The Mexican honeysuckle attracts various types of wildlife, especially butterflies. The plant blossoms small and thin flowers that are bright orange. Some varieties have a wonderful smell and make for a great addition to any garden.

  • Symbolism: Happiness
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Blooms: Spring

5. Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

This flower is associated with the celebration of Christ’s birthday and is seen globally as a symbol of the Christmas season. The red color of the plant is not the blossoms but rather the foliage. The plant can be used for medicinal reasons and to dye clothes.

  • Symbolism: Star of Bethlehem
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Blooms: Late Autumn to Early Winter

6. Mexican Marigold (Tagetes erecta)

This marigold is a staple of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead and is one of the purest offerings to Mexican deities. The flower comes in warm colors and is used on occasions of grief, religious ceremonies, summer birthdays and more. The flower is part of the daisy family.

  • Symbolism: Grief and despair
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Blooms: Late Spring to Autumn

7. Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea Hederacea)

This flower is commonly blue, purple and white and is usually found in dry locations. The Mexican morning glory grows after rainfall and only opens up during the morning. The lovely unique shape of the petals looks like a trumpet.

  • Symbolism: Unfulfilled love
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Blooms: Summer to Autumn

8. Mexican Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

This flower is one of the most unusual and distinct Mexican blooms. The vines have round-tipped, bilobed leaves. The flower comes in two color combinations: red and green, or yellow and purple. The plant is known for its pungent odor and bearing passion fruit.

  • Symbolism: Symbolized the death of Christ
  • Family: Passifloraceae
  • Blooms: Late Summer

9. Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos Atrosanguineus)

Since this flower is a member of the cosmos family, its blossoms are a hue of dark red to brown. The name “chocolate” represents the color of the flower. The flower emits a cocoa smell but is ironically is unsuitable for consumption.

  • Symbolism: Beauty and order
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Blooms: Summer

10. Mexican Poppy (Argemone Ochroleuca)

The Mexican poppy is most commonly known for its medicinal purposes. They usually appear in shades of yellow and white. The plant has small blooms that can spread very quickly throughout a piece of land. They are usually found in nature rather than used for commercial purposes.

  • Symbolism: Sleep and peace
  • Family: Papaveraceae
  • Blooms: Spring

11. Sword Lily (Gladioli)

The flowers on each stem grow on top of each other, resembling a sword. The flower comes in various colors including shades of red, yellow and pink. Gladiolus Mexico is used during the Day of the Dead celebration and used to be given to gladiators because of its sword-like shape.

  • Symbolism: Sympathy and memories
  • Family: Iridaceae
  • Blooms: Early Summer

12. Belize Sage (Salvia Miniata)

This Mexican flower flourishes in compact spaces, making it easy to grow in almost any container. The flowers are tiny and red-orange in color. The plant can grow in versatile ways including in a pot or throughout an entire home garden.

  • Symbolism: Protection and healing
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Blooms: Summer

13. Dahlia (Dahlia Pinnata)

The dahlia is the national flower of Mexico and has quite a large bloom. Many of the flowers are two-toned. The interesting petal pattern makes the flowers intriguing to look at and they’re commonly used in salads. They are known to represent those who stay true to their values.

  • Symbolism: Elegance, creativity and dignity
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Blooms: Summer to Autumn

14. Yucca Flower (Yucca Baccata)

This plant is a succulent and bears fruit that’s shaped like a banana. It is used for medicinal and beauty purposes. The blossoms are mostly white and have a pleasant smell. Parts of the plant are edible as well.

  • Symbolism: Protection and purification
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Blooms: Summer

15. Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)

The flowers of this plant grow on top of the base of the stalk and resemble the head of a plumed bird. They are popularly known as “crane flowers.” The evergreen perennial can grow between four and six feet tall and the foliage can spread two to four feet wide.

  • Symbolism: Beauty and excellence
  • Family: Strelitzieceae
  • Blooms: Summer to Autumn

Where Can You Find Mexcian Flowers?

Many Mexican flowers can be found in local gardens and also make for wonderful houseplants. The culture of Mexico is to keep these flowers close to you and your home, but they can also be found in nature. We will go over a few places you can find some of the popular Mexican flowers!

Mexican sunflowers can be found in the mountains of Chihuahua, Durango and Tamaulipas. The national flower of Mexico, the dahlia, can be found in most public gardens and you may even find them in your salads since they are used as a tasteful topping to compliment salad greens. One other great location to spot out beautiful flowers is in the Chiapas and Western Oaxaca. You’ll find many laelia orchids along with other wildflowers. You’ll capture a glimpse of all the Mexican flowers in front of people’s homes in the community.

Day of the Dead Flowers

From October 31st to November 2nd, the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is observed. The Day of the Dead is for families to remember their ancestors, those who have passed and welcome home spirits. Mexican marigolds are one of the most recognized flowers/symbols for this celebration since it is said their scent helps guide spirits home. Other popular flowers used in this three-day celebration are chrysanthemums, gladiolus, cockscomb and baby’s breath.

Common Mexican Flowers Questions

If you still have a few questions about Mexican flowers, check out these FAQs to see if one blossoms clarity.

What is the most popular Mexican flower?

The most recognizable Mexican flower around the world is the poinsettia because of its symbolism during the Christmas season. The dahlia is the most popular flower found in Mexico, likely because it’s the national flower. The yucca flower is said to be another symbol of Mexico.

Will Mexican sunflowers reseed?

Mexican sunflowers graciously reseed themselves even though they are annuals. The plant is able to withstand harsh heat, droughts, and poor soil, making it a wonderful addition to any yard.

Why is the dahlia the national flower of Mexico?

The dahlia became the national flower of Mexico because of its multiple uses, long-known history and intriguing appearance. Historically, the tubers of the flower were used as a food crop and the Aztecs used the flower to treat epilepsy. The flower has followed the culture for an expansive amount of time, and that is why in 1963 the dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico.

We hope your fondness for the culture of Mexico has grown now that you know a little more about each of its popular flowers. If you love flowers as much as we do, make sure to take a peek at our quotes about flowers to admire your flowers, or even add them to a bouquet! 15 Mexican Flowers: Symbolism and Uses

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Mexico National Flower

Dahlia pinnata is the national flower of Mexico. Dahlias originated from the mountainous regions of Mexico and Central America and Colombia. Dahlia pinnata is a genus of bushy, summer and autumn flowering plant. Dahlia pinnata flowers are species having tuberous roots and showy rayed variously colored flower heads.

Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Magnoliopsida Order Asterales Family Asteraceae Genus Dahlia Species pinnata

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Facts about Dahlia pinnata

  • Dahlia pinnata is a tuberous perennial, growing to 1 m tall.
  • The Dahlia pinnata flower petals are used in salads.
  • The Dahlia pinnata flowers are hermaphrodites and are pollinated by insects.
  • The first modern dahlia hybrids are the result of crossing between Dahlia coccinea and possibly Dahlia pinnata.
  • Dahlia pinnata is used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.

Growing Dahlia pinnata

  • They can be grown by seeds and tubers.
  • Dahlia pinnata requires a deep rich soil and a sunny position.
  • Plant tubers flat with the eye pointed up.
  • Plant 3-6 inches deep and 18-24 inches apart.
  • During planting, bone meal or a low nitrogen fertilizer can be added.
  • Do not water the tubers at planting time.
  • The shoots take 2-4 weeks to emerge.
  • When the plant has 4 sets of leaves, cut or pinch the center shoot, which produces shorter, bushier plants with more flowers.
  • Removal of old blossoms promotes more blooms and keeps the plant growing vigorously.

Caring Dahlia pinnata

  • Slugs and snails can be a major problem, for which slug bait is recommended.
  • To avoid damaging the tubers, stake before or at planting.
  • Over watering early in the season can rot the tubers.
  • Too much nitrogen fertilizer can cause excessive vegetative growth and fewer blooms.

Facts About Mexico

The official name of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos which is translated as The United Mexican States. Mexico city is the capital city of Mexico. Mexican flag was adopted on 16 September 1968.

  • Total land area of Mexico is 1,972,550 sq km.
  • Mexican Climate is Tropical to desert type.
  • Mexico got its independence from Spain on 16 September 1810.
  • Mexican government is federal republic.
  • Mexico is bordered by the United States of America to the north, Belize and Guatamala to the south, and is bounded on two sides by the Gulf of Mexico to the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
  • Mexico is the world’s greatest producer of silver.
  • Over 70% of its revenue comes from exporting petroleum to the USA.
  • The important industries include, food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.
  • The National Autonomous University of Mexico, founded in 1551 is the most important and largest university in Mexico.
  • Mexican natural resources are Petroleum, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.
  • Agriculture products include: Corn, beans, oilseeds, feed grains, fruit, cotton, coffee, sugarcane, winter vegetables.
  • Cancun, one of the most visited cosmopolitan cities in the world; Cozumel, the scuba diving Mecca; Mujeres Island, the island of dreams; Playa del Carmen, the biggest city of the Mayan riverside; Chetumal, a modern coastal city, capital of Quintana Roo State; Campeche, Valladolid and Villahermosa, colonial cities par excellence, Merida, the oldest city in the Yucatan State; Progreso y Veracruz, important cities with archaeological sites are the popular places in Mexico.

Every floral arrangement could benefit from a variation of white flowers! Known for representing purity, white flowers are a neutral tone that accents any color. They can be used to round out other brighter, more eccentric florals in a bouquet, adding texture and depth. Another beautiful option is to let them stand strong on their own as a centerpiece. No matter their purpose, you’ll be sure to find the perfect bloom for your occasion with our list of 40 types of white flowers!

White Flowers for Fall

As the weather starts cooling down, you’ll need something to brighten up the crisp mornings and chilly evenings. Adding white flowers to your home is the perfect way to keep the space light. Combine white flowers with fall hues like oranges and reds to embrace the season’s colors.

Camellia- Camellia’s are known as decorative flowers but have also been used to make teas. The camellia flower symbolizes love and affection. White blooms stand for adoration and are given to someone who is meaningful to you.

Japanese Anemone- Native to China, then naturalized in Japan, Japanese anemone is known as fall-blooming flowers. Anemone’s are wildflowers that open at night and close when the sun comes up in the morning. Because of this, they symbolize anticipation.

Baby’s Breath- Also known as gypsophila, baby’s breath flowers are very popular filler flowers in wreaths, bouquets and flower arrangements. White baby’s breath is commonly used in weddings because of its symbolism of everlasting love. It is also said to represent happiness and purity due to its white color.

Bouvardia- Bouvardia have a star shape that makes them easy to spot in a bouquet. Their thin stems make them most common in smaller arrangements. The bouvardia flower symbolizes enthusiasm. This flower can be found in a variety of colors, white being a popular hue.

White Flowers for Winter

Curl up next to the fireplace with a warm drink and an array of white flowers the color of fresh powder on the mantelpiece. Perfect for winter weddings or holiday decorations, white flowers are versatile and will fit right in with the season’s reds and greens.

Spider Mum- The spider mum flower is very unique and can be easily spotted in a floral arrangement. The flora consists of many long and narrow petals. These highly sought after blooms are hard to track down because they flower in the winter months and can get harmed by frost.

Tulip- Tulips are known for their height and strong stems, making them perfect for bouquets and other floral arrangements. White tulips are used to convey the message of forgiveness or worthiness.

Dendrobium Orchid- Orchids are a very distinct flower due to their bilateral symmetry, meaning they have two symmetrical patterns. There are more than 22,000 species of orchids, each variation unique. White orchids symbolize beauty, innocence, and elegance.

Calla Lily- Calla lilies are a very distinct and easily identifiable flower. Just a few can easily create a centerpiece. The Calla Lily flower represents beauty, overcoming challenges and rebirth. Calla lilies are commonly used in religious ceremonies.

Snowdrop- Also known as Galanthus, these flowers have the appearance of three white droplets falling from a green stem. Snowdrops are unique because they only come in one color. Their creamy white petals give off a sweet honey scent. Snowdrops are a symbol of home and purity.

White Flowers For Spring

The ground comes alive with flowering buds and fragrant scents in spring. Embrace the season by incorporating fresh white flowers into your home after you do your spring cleaning.

Star of Bethlehem- Star of Bethlehem is named with a biblical reference because of its white color, representing purity, and its star shape. These flowers are used often by florists, partially because of their long shelf-life. This flower is also utilized in medicine and cooking.

Lily of the Valley- Lily of the valley flowers are tiny, white, bell-shaped blooms that have a distinct fragrance. Lily of the valley is considered a poisonous flower that is harmful to pets. Despite this, the flower represent sweetness and the return of happiness.

Gardenia- Gardenia’s have a striking combination of dark, full leaves with vibrant white flowers. They symbolize purity, beauty, and love and are often worn on Mother’s Day in remembrance of someone who has passed away. Gardenias are also grown as houseplants.

Carnation- Carnations come in a variety of colors, white being a popular choice. White carnations are a symbol of purity and good luck. The scientific name for carnations is Dianthus caryophyllus, meaning flower of the Gods.

Magnolia- Magnolias can be recognized by their wide bloom that ranges from 3 to 12 inches. They come in a variety of colors, the original being white. White magnolias are a symbol of purity and dignity. Not only are magnolias used in bouquets and floral arrangements, but their petals have been used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Periwinkle- Periwinkle flowers have five small petals and grow on stems with an excess of green leaves. The white periwinkle represents everlasting love and memories. For this reason, it is commonly added to wedding bouquets or anniversary gifts.

Iris- The Iris flower got its name from the Greek goddess Iris, messenger to the Gods. Irises are a symbol of faith, hope and wisdom. The white Iris represents purity and innocence, making it a perfect flower for baptisms and weddings.

Snapdragon- When a snapdragon flower is squeezed, it resembles a dragon head. Snapdragons are a symbol of grace and strength, but can also represent deviousness. Not only are snapdragons a unique addition to a bouquet, but the leaves and flowers are said to have medicinal properties.

Daffodil- Daffodils can be identified by their trumpet with petals growing in a ring around it. Daffodils are commonly yellow or white. A Greek myth says that when Persephone returned from Hades, she brought with her the joys of spring, including these flowers. Daffodils are a symbol or rebirth.

Hibiscus- The hibiscus flower is known to grow in warm, tropical climates. It is an edible flower and used in cooking and to flavor drinks. The hibiscus flower represents “delicate beauty” due to its rarity in England during the Victorian era.

Stephanotis- Also known as Madagascar jasmine or bridal veil, stephanotis are small star-shaped flowers that are found on a climbing vine. They have a rich fragrant scent and symbolize marital bliss, making them a highly sought after wedding floral.

Peony- These white flowers are named after Paeon, the physician to the gods. Peonies are often the subject of art, from ancient watercolors to modern tattoos. White peonies represent pure romance and are used to decorate weddings in hopes for a prosperous union.

Amaryllis- The amaryllis plant is very tall, towering over others in the garden, making it the symbol of pride. These flowers resemble lilies due to their distant relation to the lily plant. White amaryllis flowers also stand for purity, innocence and femininity.

Ranunculus- The name ranunculus is latin for little frog. This name was given because the flowers thrive in moist locations. Ranunculus are a symbol of radiant charm and attractiveness. This flower is commonly used in a bouquet, often in weddings.

Hyacinth- The Hyacinth flower has a spike center from which the petals grow. Its story is based in Greek mythology. According to the tales, the wind god, Zephyrus, was jealous of the friendship of Apollo and Hyacinth and blew Apollo’s frisbee off course, killing Hyacinth. The flower now represents constancy and the white blooms represent loveliness.

Lisianthus- The lisianthus flower, also known as a Texas bluebell or prairie gentian, is said to symbolize appreciation. These flowers are often gifted to loved ones as a sign of admiration. The delicate petals form a medium sized flower that looks stunning in wedding bouquets and centerpieces. The white lisianthus is a symbol of innocence and luxury.

White Flowers for Summer

Summer is the season of being outdoors and embracing the sun and fresh air. Try adding a vase of white flowers to your picnic or bbq to make it extra special. Another use for white flowers is to include them in the bouquet at your outdoor wedding to lighten it up and give it a more summery feel.

Tuberose- This unique flower variation is a night blooming plant known to symbolize forbidden pleasures. There are a variety of stories and rituals that accompany this bloom. Tuberose is often used in centerpieces and bouquets.

Queen Anne’s Lace- Queen Anne’s lace gets its name from a legend of Queen Anne of England pricking her finger and a drop of blood landing on white lace she was sewing. It is also known as wild carrot or daucus carota. Its fruit is sometimes used as a substitute for carrots.

Daisy- The daisy is a common flower, popular among gardeners and florists. They come in a variety of colors, white being the most abundant. Daisies represent innocence, purity and love. They grow year-round, but are most commonly found in summer bouquets.

Hydrangea- Hydrangeas symbolize gratitude and heartfelt emotion. Due to this, they are often used in weddings as decor or filler in a bouquet. Hydrangeas are also a sign of apology, making them a popular choice for gifting in a floral arrangement.

Jasmine- Jasmine flowers can be identified as small, fragrant star-shaped blooms. Jasmine flowers are known to be multi-purpose, used in bouquets, as hair pieces and as a scent in perfumes. The blossoms have cultural ties and are a national symbol in the Philippines and Indonesia. Jasmine has many meanings, some being love, beauty, sensuality and good luck.

Iceberg Rose- This rose variation is a popular choice in the modern day due to its beautiful blooms and ability to last a long time. It has a pleasant honey-sweet scent. Iceberg roses are grown in gardens as well as used in wedding bouquets. The Iceberg rose blooms all summer long.

Dahlia- Native to Mexico, Dahlia plants range in size from one foot to a few feet. Similarly, the blooms can vary in size and color depending on the variety. Dahlia’s are known to symbolize elegance and dignity. White dahlias are associated with the traits of purity and focus.

Scabiosa- The scabiosa is sometimes referred to as the pincushion flower because it has round stamens that look like pins in the cushion of the flower’s petals. Scabiosas are part of the honeysuckle family. They are rich in nectar and attract insects like butterflies. The name scabiosa means “unfortunate love.”

Gladiolus- Gladiolus flowers can be identified by their distinctly sword-shaped leaves. They come in a variety of colors, white and cream being the most popular. Gladiolus flowers are known to represent faithfulness, integrity and infatuation. White variations are common in weddings and religious ceremonies.

Phlox- Phlox flowers are usually spotted in gardens, due to their love of sun and quick spreading nature. The name means flame in Greek, referring to bright varieties. The phlox flower can also symbolize “sweet dreams” as a warm sentiment or “united souls” as a lifelong commitment.

Sweet William- Sweet william, also known as dianthus, is native to southern Europe and also found in parts of Asia. The name is associated with tales of romance. Sweet William flowers are one of the rare florals that have a masculine symbolism, representing gallantry and finesse.

Trumpet Flower- The trumpet flower is named for its trumpet-like bloom. It is often confused with the brugmansia, but is smaller, only growing to be 4 feet tall. Similar to nightshade, it is known for being dangerous and having hallucinogenic properties.

Rhododendron- Rhododendrons grow on shrubs and trees. They are easy to spot because they grow in clusters. The blooms are toxic to eat which Greek troops found out after raiding the bees hives in a region of Asia Minor. The honey was made from the pollen of Rhododendrons and made the soldiers very sick. Due to this, the Rhododendron has become a symbol of danger.

Clematis- Considered the queen of the vines, the clematis is a symbol of cleverness and mental prowess. This is derived from its vines ability to climb a trellis or wall and make its way around any obstacle. The white variety is a beautiful addition to any garden.

Yucca- The yucca plant can be identified by its tall, green, pointy leaves. It is found in hot, dry climates and blooms creamy flowers that hang down off the plant. The yucca plant is a symbol of purification and protection.

Flowers have the ability to brighten up any season. Fill your events with white flowers for a soft and neutral tone that compliments any color. No matter the occasion, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit. A white flower bouquet is always an elegant touch.

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