What’s so special about Stephanotis?
20 Dec 2015 07:56:28
Why is Stephanotis Floribundus, or Madagascar Jasmin in the top 10 wedding flowers?
Sure, the flower is rather beautiful with its star-shape, petite size and delicious fragrance…
…but the flower is also delicate, it wilts within 4 days if exposed to air and can be quite tricky to work with.
Well, like all other flowers, Stephanotis has its history.
- The name is Greek in origin, ‘stephanos’ meaning ‘crown’. Although the name refers to the shape of the flower parts, it’s a lovely name for a wedding flower.
- The meaning associated to the flower is ‘marital bliss’.
The pure and delicate beauty of this little white flower have charmed brides-to-be for countless generations. Originally from Madagascar, the plant was imported to Europe and grows well in the gardens of Spain and other warm countries. Stephanotis grows all year round.
Stephanotis is popular in wedding bouquets, in a bridal hair arrangement, as a buttonhole flower or wrist corsage. You may find also find Stephanotis in table decorations or as a garland.
Because the flowering life of Stephanotis is short in comparison to, say roses, you have to plan your flower arranging carefully. Get in touch with us, if you have any particular requirements!
Traditionally, if you wanted to use Stephanotis in your bridal arrangements you’d have to have access to your own Stephanotis plants. These are vine plants with Stephanotis growing in little bunches. However, they don't all bloom at the same time so you'd have to have quite a few plants to provide enough flowers for a wedding bouquet.
There are few commercial Stephanotis growers in Europe. This scarcity of supply is partially responsible for the exclusivity of the flower - and also the associated price tag. You can buy wholesale stephanotis blooms here.
Princess Diana’s wedding to the Prince of Wales brought Stephanotis into the media limelight. Other royal and celebrity weddings also did their bit in turning the flower into something rather special.