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Combining the Greek words for “beautiful” and “mouth” Eustoma flowers are one of the most ethereally lovely flowers cultivated by home gardeners and botany enthusiasts today.  Known also as the Lisianthus, the Love Rose, and the Texas Bluebell, the Eustoma is definitely proof of the old (and paraphrased) adage, “A rose by any other name looks as sweet.”


Growing mainly in the grasslands of the North American prairie, the Eustoma flower is available for cultivation year round, although the greatest production peaks in the summer months, from June to August. They are classified as an herbaceous annual, which means that, at the end of each growing season, the plants completely die after blooming.  At the beginning of the subsequent growing season, the Eustoma grows again, from seeds.


The Eustoma flower comes in an extremely generous color palette, with varieties in purple, white, pink, blue, lavender, cream, mauve, and even bi-colors.  The plants themselves will vary in height from one to three feet tall, although there is a smaller dwarf variety.  The flowers are large and shaped like bells, slightly reminiscent of tulips.  The blooms flare outward, although the petals grow tightly together. The bloom can produce single or double flowers.

In the home

The Eustoma flower is extremely popular as a cultivated cut flower, both because of the beautiful selection of colors and because the flowers easily remain attractive for at least a week after cutting.  The most common uses are as a corsage, or gathered together with multiple colors in the same vase.  Because of the large size of the flower head when compared to the relatively slender stalk, it is an important consideration to carefully place the flowers in such a manner that they will stay upright in the vase.

For home gardeners, botanists, and cultivators, the plant can require a moderate amount of attention, and can therefore, take a modicum of gardening skill to properly grow.  They must be kept in rich, moist soil, but not over watered.  Eustoma plants usually grow best when regularly placed in full sunlight. There are very few American flowering plants that look equally good in their natural state and in private home gardens, yet also serve as exemplary cultivars when specifically grown for aesthetic use as a cut flower.  The Eustoma flower, in all of its myriad lush varieties, is beautiful enough, hardy enough, and versatile enough to serve in all three capacities.    

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