Lambs Tails are very distinctive native flowers from WA. Lachnostachys verbascifolia have grey-green leaves and each branch is tipped with circular rings of grey-white fluffy flowers. Flowers do indeed look like woolly lambs’ tails. Open flowers have what appear to be black or blue dots. L. eriobotrya is sometimes called Sago Bush and has white fluffy flowers with black dots at their tops; each flower is borne at the tip of each branch. This species is also popular as a dyed and dried flower. L. ferruginea looks more like a succulent with grey to olive-green, rounded, fat leaves. The flowers are borne on short stems, are grey to white with a purple dot when in bud, and open to show purple styles and anthers.
Lambs’ Tails are grown in plantations or bush picked. All supplies come from WA.
What to look for
- Buy bunches with plump, full flowers;
- Avoid bunches that are wilting at the branch tips.
- Keep cool at all times.
- Strip leaves from the lower half of each stem and wash stem ends thoroughly.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each stem and place in water immediately.
- Always use a preservative as this will help buds to open.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
Botanical Name: Lachnostachys verbascifolia, L. eriobotrya, L. ferruginea
Common Names: Lamb
Stem Length: 30 to 60 cm
Country of Origin: Australia: WA
Available Colours: White