The Australian flora is unique and incredibly diverse in structure, so it is little wonder so many of our more attractive foliages are used in floristry. Although we have only listed the most popular half dozen or so above, many more are used. Australian plants have adapted to live in a mostly hot dry environment, so they tend to last several weeks as cut foliage. Some forms, such as gum and wattle can be successfully dried or treated with glycerine, which increases their vase life to several months, providing they are not placed back in water.
Most Australian foliages are grown on plantations found in every state. Gum foliage is now a major crop throughout the world, with large plantations in southern Europe and America.
Types: Acacia, Eucalyptus, Caustis, Persoonia, Xanthorrhea, Grevillea, Westringea.
What to look for
- Undamaged leaves.
- Avoid wilted branch tips
- Keep cool! Never place in full sun.
- Break bunches apart.
- Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each stem and place in cold water.
- Do not smash or split stem ends.
- Use a preservative with gum and wattle as this will keep leaves looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
- Never place preserved or dried foliage back in water
Interesting Facts about this Flower
Persoonia is sometimes called ‘Geebung’, while Persoonia longifolia has the wonderful common name of ‘Snottygobble’.
Botanical Name: Acacia, Eucalyptus, Caustis, Persoonia, Xanthorrhea, Grevillea, Westringea.
Common Names: Emu Bush, gum, Snottygobble, Steel Grass, Wattle
Stem Length: 30 to 90 cm
Country of Origin: Australia