Isopogon is a most distinctive looking flower – it looks like a pinky/purple Catherine Wheel firework. Like many Proteas, Isopogon flower-heads are made up of many flowers that open from the outside in. Unopened flowers in the centre of each flower create a whorl while the open flowers are often tipped with yellow anthers. Stems are woody and leaves are green, pointed and fibrous and encircle the flowers at their base.
Isopogon is either grown in plantations or bush-picked. Most supplies come from WA.
What to look for
- Buy when the outer flowers in each flower-head are opening;
- Avoid bunches with brown tips on the flowers and with yellow leaves.
- 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 keep open flowers looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
Botanical Name: Isopogon cuneatus
Common Names: Drumsticks
Stem Length: 30 to 60 cm
Country of Origin: Australia – WA
Available Colours: Pink, Purple