Despite the common names Eriostemon is not related to Geraldton Waxflower, and is not even from the same Family. While the flowers are superficially similar, the leaves are quite different. Eriostemon leaves are oblong in shape and 30-70 mm long by about 4-10 mm wide, greyish-green in colour, while the flowers are star-shaped with 5 petals, 20 to 40 mm in diameter, waxy, and pale to deep pink in colour. The flowers are borne close to the top of each branch and can look very much like Crowea.
What to look for
- Buy when flowers are just opening and buds are a clear pink colour;
- Avoid bunches with shrivelled flowers and yellowing leaves;
- Shake bunches late in the season (spring) and avoid those with flower drop.
- 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.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every 2 to 3 days.
- Very sensitive to ethylene. Keep them away from fruit, car exhausts and cigarette smoke.
- Remove wilted flowers as they are a source of ethylene.
Botanical Name: Eriostemon australasius
Common Names: Eastern Waxflower, Pink Waxflower
Stem Length: 30 to 60 cm
Country of Origin: East Coast of Australia
Available Colours: Pink