Common Name: Lepto
Family Roots: Member of the Mertaceae (myrtle) family, common relatives of this species include eucalyptus and bottle brush. Native of Austrialia and New Zealand.
Personality: Obovate leaves are grayish green; flowers vary in color from white to a range of pinks, approximately one inch in diameter.
Availability: November through April
Stem Length: 32–38 inches
Flower Length: 1 inch
Care & Handling: Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water, and place in a fresh flower food solution.
Storage Specifics: 32°–34°F Store in water.
Tidbits: This flower’s scientific name pays tribute to the plant’s slender seeds, joining the Greek words “leptos” for slender, and “sperma” for seed. Leptospermum is a native of New Zealand and Australia and is commonly known to garden enthusiasts as “Australian Tea” because the crew of Captain Cook’s ship drank a tea made from leptospermum leaves to ward off scurvy during long voyages.