Agonis is native to the south-west coast of WA, and only one species Agonis flexuosa is used in floristry. This is the only species to grow to the size of a small tree. They grow to about 15 metres in height and have a beautiful weeping appearance. It is a very popular street and garden tree, particularly in WA. Sold as cut branches, Agonis has clusters of small white flowers with 5 petals and dull green leaves shaped like a lance. Petals are rounded at the tips and distinctly separated from each other and surround a yellow-red flower centre. Flowers are borne along each branch and have a sweet fragrance.
Agonis is grown as a field crop. Most are grown in WA, Victoria and NSW.
What to look for
- Buy when more than half the flowers on a branch are open as flowers do not open in the vase;
- Avoid branches with many buds, as these will drop when bunches are shaken.
- Keep cool at all times.
- Strip leaves from the bottom half of each branch.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each branch and place in water immediately.
- Never bash or split branch ends.
- Always use a preservative as this will help keep open flowers looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
- May be sensitive to ethylene. Keep them away from fruit, car exhausts and cigarette smoke.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
The name Agonis is from the Greek word ‘agon’, meaning gathering or collection. It is believed to refer to the tightly clustered flowers.
Botanical Name: Agonis flexuosa
Common Names: West Australian Peppermint, Willow Myrtle
Stem Length: 30 to 70 cm
Country of Origin: Australia: WA
Available Colours: White