This month, we are happy to announce that our Flower of the Month is Eucalyptus! Known for its therapeutic scent and sleek and modern look, it’s no wonder why they are so popular in flower arrangements and wedding bouquets. Keep reading to learn more about eucalyptus!
Native to: Australia, Tasmania, and nearby islands.
In The Wild: They can thrive in most temperate climates and are grown worldwide.
In A Vase:
Keep your eucalyptus in fresh water and change it out regularly. It’s best to remove any leaves from the stems that will fall below the water line to keep it as fresh as possible. If the leaves fall below the water line, it could change the color of the water. This will not harm the other flowers in the arrangement.
Growing in your Garden:
Eucalyptus like well-drained soil and sunny spots as they like to have around 8-10 hours of full sun. Make sure they are watered regularly too. A nice tip is to place mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture. It is also good to prune them as needed since they are fast growers. Be careful when it is colder outside because they tend to not grow well in severe cold.
Eucalyptus is a symbol of strength, protection, and abundance.
There are over 700 species of eucalyptus, the most popular being Baby Blue, Gunni, Pravifolia, Seeded, Silver Dollar, and Willow.
They are known for their therapeutic and medicinal properties
Some species of eucalyptus can tolerate fire and thrive in fire-prone environments!
When honeybees pollinate eucalyptus blossoms in the wild, they can be a valuable source of honey!
Although eucalyptus is the main source of nutrition for koalas, they are toxic to pets.
Many people hang fresh eucalyptus in their shower to help clear their heads and open their sinuses.
It is a natural bug-repellent. Flies, mosquitoes, and small insects tend to avoid eucalyptus.
Australian indigenous populations use eucalyptus for spiritual cleansing.
Eucalyptus trees can reach up to 300 feet high and eucalyptus shrubs can reach up to 30 feet high