There are only 3 species in this genus, but they are very popular and hardy garden plants. Most cut flowers are forms of C. exalata (dark to pale pink or occasionally white) or C. saligna, which has larger pink flowers, up to 4 cm in diameter. Flowers are waxy and star-shaped, with 5 flattened petals surrounding a pale flower centre with protruding style and stigma. Some hybrids have more pointed petal tips and the petals reflex back when fully open.
Crowea are grown in plantations. Most are grown in NSW or Victoria.
Types: Crowea exalata, C. saligna
What to look for:
- Buy when the flowers are just starting to open, or buds show full colour;
- Shake bunches late in the season (from late spring) and avoid those where flowers drop off.
- Keep cool at all times.
- Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem and wash thoroughly.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each stem and place in water immediately.
- Do not bash or split stems.
- Always use a preservative as this will help buds to open and keep open flowers looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every 2 to 3 days.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
Botanical Name: Crowea exalata, C. saligna
Common Names: Crowea
Stem Length: 30 to 80 cm
Country of Origin: Australia: Victoria and NSW
Available Colours: Pink, White