Eustoma, more commonly known as Lisianthus or Texas Bluebell is a fantastically popular flower. It originates from North America and is native to both prairie regions and desert riverbeds. Due to this, many refer to it as the ‘prairie gentian’, commonly in the states of Nevada, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. In the 1930s, Japanese growers crossed the prairie gentian, creating the Lisianthus species we see today.

Did you know? Lisianthus comes from the Greek words lissos, meaning smooth, and anthos, which means flower. Eustoma is named after the Greek words eu, which means good, and stoma, which means mouth.

There are an array of colours, styles and types to choose from, which means Lisianthus are extremely versatile and work well in many different types of arrangements for all different occassions. From green (featured below) and white variants, to blue, pink, salmon, purple and lilac shades, there area number of colours available. You can also get lovely two colour varieties.

Lisianthus also have single and double flowered varieties, with large and small blooms, whilst some also have fringed petals. They are instantly recognisable because of their long, slender stems, which have several gentian-like tubular flower heads.

Did you know? Lisianthus flowers boast powerful symbolism. This floral species represents charisma, appreciation and gratitude.

Caring for Lisianthus

  • Generally Lisianthus is one of the easiest flowers to look after. Choose a clean vase and fill with water at room temperature. To prolong the life of your Lisianthus, add flower food to the water.
  • Trim the stems diagonally using a clean, sharp knife or secateurs, about 3-5cm.
  • Make sure no leaves are submerged in the water.
  • Place in an environment out of full sunlight and central heating.
  • Keep an eye on the water level of the vase and top it up when it becomes low; Lisianthus flowers tend to drink a lot of water because of their thin petals, which evaporate a lot of moisture.
  • Avoid placing your Lisianthus flowers near a fruit bowl. The ethylene gas emitted by fruit can cause the flowers to age more rapidly.

Arranging your Lisianthus

  • The lisianthus is an incredibly versatile flower. You can use them in bouquets, table centres, wire the flowerheads for buttonholes and headdresses, and also keep the long stems and tight flowerbuds to create a free look to an arrangement.
  • Due to its exceptional vase life, Lisianthus is regarded as a very prevalent, high-end cut flower, particularly because of its rose-like appearance.
  • These picture-perfect flowers complement an array of other blooms, which makes them a great option for a bouquet. Cotinum, rosehips, anthurium and blackberries are just a few of the prevalent species many florists choose to combine with Lisianthus flowers.

Did you know? Lisianthus is said to be a flower representing the characteristics of charisma and congeniality, but in the past was linked more closely to feelings of romantic desire.