There are 13 species of Hypocalymma, but only 2 are commonly used as cut flowers. Flowers appear in whorls or circles of 3 or 4 flowers per whorl and occur right along the branches. They are small (1 cm) and are white or pink in colour. Flowers open from the tip of the branch down, which is quite unusual. Each flower has 5 petals, and looks like a small tea-tree (Leptospermum) flower with very prominent anthers, so the flowers appear fringed.
Hypocalymma is either grown in plantations or bush-picked. Most supplies come from WA.
What to look for
- Buy when top 1/3 to ½ of the flowers on each branch are open;
- Avoid branches with closed 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.
- Always use a preservative as this will help keep open flowers looking fresh.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every day.
Botanical Name: Hypocalymma angustifolium, H. robustum
Common Names: Hypocalymma, White Myrtle
Stem Length: 30 to 60 cm
Country of Origin: Australia – WA
Available Colours: Pink, White