Ocean View Flowers


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.

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