We grow a spectacular flower you have probably never heard of if you’re not in the floral industry: lisianthus.
It’s amazing how some flowers have such terrible PR. Lisianthus is such a mouthful, no one can really remember what this beautiful flower is called. And no one ever intended it to be called Lisianthus. It’s a mispronunciation of Lisianthius, which is a botanical misclassification of Eustoma, the scientific/easier to pronounce name of this plant. It also goes by Prairie Gentian. Another good name.
Still, lisianthus is what we call it. Lisis, for short.
Why is it so special? Well, it’s beautiful, for starters. But it’s also incredibly long lasting. It is covered in a waxy coating meant to help it survive in the dry conditions of states like Colorado. And as a result, it holds onto its moisture for days out of water. Lisianthus is fantastic for flower crowns, bouquets, installations and more because it takes days and days to wilt!
It’s incredible how something so beautiful can be so sturdy.
Lisianthus is extremely slow growing. We don’t sow the seeds ourselves — that would require too much patience. We buy plugs (baby plants) when they’re a few months old and transplant them to the field in March. For about six weeks, they sit there, doing nothing, not growing, barely changing, until they take off. By mid-July, we have an abundance of blooms!