There are a number of Conospermum species used as cut flowers, all of them native to WA. Smokebush is generally finely branched with tiny white or blue flowers. The Department of Agriculture – WA has been selecting new smokebush forms for several years now and the following descriptions come from their Farmnote # 110/99: “Conospernum eatoniae has leafless stems with masses of clusters of china blue flowers; it is sought after on Japanese markets. C. caeruleum has large flat leaves that remain on stems with fewer blue flower clusters than C. eatoniae. C. stoechadis has a grey/white flower panicle and narrow leaves and is a high stem producer. C. triplinervium comprises a number of species with broad leaves with various forms from weeping to strong upright stems. One particular form of C. triplinervium has heavy stems and white hairy flowers; it has been named the “elk” smokebush. C. incurvum is a smaller plant than C. triplinervium or stoechadis and has spikes of leafless stem covered in white flowers with a black tip to the perianth. C. crassinervium grows fairly slowly and produces flowers in a corymb forming a tassel. It flowers in summer but continues to flower over an extended period in cultivation.”
Smokebush are picked from plantations or bush-picked. Most are grown in WA.
Types: Conospermum amoenum, C. crassinervium, C. incurvum, C. stoechadis, C. eatoniae, C. caerulium, C. triplinervium.
What to look for
- Buy when flowers in a bunch are open and look ‘fluffy’;
- Avoid bunches with brown flowers, or with dried, curled leaf tips.
- 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 stem ends.
- Always use a preservative as this will help buds open and keep open flowers looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every 2 to 3 days.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
From a distance, these plants look like a puff of smoke – hence the name.
They make a very good dried flower.
Botanical Name: Conospermum amoenum, C. crassinervium, C. incurvum, C. stoechadis,C. eatoniae, C. caerulium, C. triplinervium.
Common Names: Smokebush
Stem Length: 30 to 50 cm
Country of Origin: Australia: WA
Available Colours: Blue, White