DECEMBER 16, 2020
The chill is descending and we are so EXCITED about winter flowers! Here’s some wonderfully wintery inspiration for your winter wedding florals.
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Ozothamnus diosmifolius is an erect, woody shrub in the daisy family. It is native to eastern Australia. You may have commonly heard it called rice flower, white dogwood, pill flower, and sago bush. It has dense heads of small flowers and is popular in wedding floral arrangements, and while it does bloom in white, it is most commonly found in a blush pink color.
Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species, named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. We are not able to use the flower of the magnolia, as it will brown within hours of cutting, however, the leaves are gorgeous to use for a fall and/or winter theme. Magnolia is perfect for weddings that want that rich dark green or the warmth of the amber / brown color found on the backs of the leaves.
Viburnum is a member of the evergreen family, and native throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Uniquely, it does appear in Africa, however only within the Atlas Mountain range. The berries are a spherical or oval shape, and can be red, purple, black, or blue. It contains a single seed, some of which are edible for humans, but some are poisonous. We tend to use the berries as an accent flower in wintery floral arrangements.
Anemone are perennials that have basal leaves with long leaf-stems. Most commonly, they have white petals with a dark blue center. The name “anemone” means ‘daughter of the wind’ and its origin is Greek. The myth surrounding anemones is that the goddess Aphrodite sprinkled nectar on the blood of her dead lover, Adonis, creating anemones. It speaks to the frailty of both life and the petals that are so easily blown away by the wind. This is why the name “windflower” is sometimes used to refer to the entire genus.
Everyone loves poinsettias, especially around the holidays. What some people don’t know though, is that this flower holds religious meaning in Christianity. The shape of the flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ, while the white leaves represent his purity. We love to use the white poinsettias in the winter months, both for their beauty and for couples who may value their religious symbolism.