Lisianthus Flowers

The lisianthus flower – sometimes referred to by its scientific name, eustoma – is a small genus of 3 species in the gentianaceae family. These flowers are also occasionally called prairie and tulip gentian; however, they are not to be confused with the proper gentian, which is a separate – and far larger – genus. These plants are herbaceous annuals that are slow growing, and tend to blossom their best in rich, moist soil. They are native to areas of northern South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean; however, they are best known for their growth in the prairies of North America. Despite the small variety of natural growing species, their many cultivars give this flower a multitude of looks. For instance, the double-headed type of this blossom is similar in appearance to a peony or rose; while a single head may resemble a poppy or tulip. In addition to their many styles, lisianthus flowers come in several colors – from varying shades of white and pink, all the way to rich shades of blue and purple.

Despite the fact that the lisianthus flower has become a big hit with garden aficionados, it is still considered a relatively new genus. Although the full history of this plant is hazy at best, their uses date as far back as the Victorian era, where they were once thought to symbolize a person who is particularly showy or impressive. Since then, the flowers have become a good deal flashier. From the early 1980s on, creating newer, brighter cultivars has become a passion of enthusiasts around the world.

The lisianthus flower is rife with rich and potent symbolism. Because of this, these flowers are frequently given as gifts for a number of occasions. For instance, they may be presented as a thank you present, as they are thought to be an emblem of appreciation; they can be given as romantic gifts, as they can symbolize a deeply felt romantic attachment; they may also be given to represent your admiration of a congenial, outgoing friend. In addition to its symbolism, many people give these flowers to those born between November 22nd and December 21st, as these blossoms are sometimes associated with the star sign Sagittarius.

Lisianthus Flower Pictures

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  1. I am planning to use the Lisianthus flower to decorate a cake for a large party we are having this weekend. The flowers will be used with springs of rosemary. I need to know if there is any concern re poison from this flower. They will not be eaten however will be on the cak.

    Thank you.

    Linda Willeford

  2. Dear Linda, If you wrap a small piece of wet, green oasis in tin foil, or shrink wrap, you can puch the lisianthis flowers into it, using a toothpick, that way the cake is protected. I have used lisianthus many times and have never heard that they are poisonous. Normally, if a white sap emerges from the stem, the plants are normally poisonous. You can also buy a ready made ‘cake’ oasis holder from a wholesaler or florist, this oasis is held on a small, plastic base – and measures around three inches round.

    Another thing you can do if the flowers are too small for oasis -is to use a glue gun and glue the ends with the hot glue and that will seal the stem just to make sure. I live in South Africa. The flowers will last for at least 24 hours using a glue gun. Good luck! Sheila

  3. Would you mind if I use your purple Lisianthus as a reference photo for a painting?

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