May Flowers: Wax Flower

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The waxflower is a shrub more commonly known as the Geraldton wax. This is in honor of the Australian town of Geraldton, where it is thought to originate. The Latin name for the plant is chamelaucium uncinatum, with the word uncinatum coming from the Latin for hooked. It is called this because of the tip of the leaves appear to hook over themselves when growing.

The plant is an upright shrub which can grow as high as four meters. During the summer and autumn, it displays small round petal flowers. Waxflower blooms with pink, purple white or red flowers and as such is a very popular choice for cut flowers. It also has a sweet almond and lemon fragrance, which is another reason why it is so popular as a cut-flower choice.

Stems need to be cut with secateurs as they are quite thick and woody. As a plant it lives well outside in pots, but sometimes needs support to stay upright. The cut flowers will last between eight and ten days in a vase, although the water should be changed every two or three days.