Lisianthus – Prairie Gentian – Eustoma grandiflorum
Symbolism: Lisianthus flowers represent elegance, grace, and timelessness.
Description: Lisianthus, also called the Prairie Gentian, boasts large funnel-shaped blooms that grow on long, straight stems. Their delicate petals come in various colours and shades, such as pure white, soft pink, deep purples, and even bi-coloured petals. The petals are wide and ruffled, while the sepals are significantly smaller.
Named after: The name Lisianthus comes from the Greek word lysis, meaning “dissolution”, and anthos, meaning “flower”. So lLsianthus in Greek basically means “dissolving flowers”.
Latin/Scientific name: Eustoma grandiflorum
Native to: The warm regions of the southern United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and northern South America.
Flowering period: From July to frost when deadheaded.
Vase life: 10 days to 2 weeks with proper care. Flower preservative or a sugar-water solution will further extend vase life.
Popular use in floral arrangements or bouquets: These beautiful blossoms are suitable for mixed arrangements and are excellent for corsage work.