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How to Use the Wax Flower in Floral Design

Wax Flower is an attractive addition to any bouquet, floral arrangement, or creative floral design. Bringing a fresh lemony scent and a flexible texture, this industrious little bloom is extremely easy to work with, making it a favorite among floral designers. With a relatively new and exotic history, wax flower’s symbolism and meaning make it perfect for wedding arrangements, though it can be seen in virtually any kind of arrangement. Cascade Floral Wholesale is proud to feature many varieties and colors of Wax Flower for your creative designs. 

Origin of Wax Flower

Native to Western Australia, this flowering shrub typically features white, pink, or purple flowers with five waxy petals on each stem. The leaves of Wax Flower contain oil glands that create a beautiful perfume when crushed, while the flowers themselves give off a fresh, fragrant scent. Some varieties of Wax Flower are found in Madagascar and English Guinea as climbing woodland vines or aromatic trees. Those that we typically see in floral arrangements were only discovered and named in 1819 by French botanist René Louiche Desfontaines.

Pink Wax Flower
Pink Wax Flower

History of Wax Flower

Best grown in dry conditions with plenty of sun and drainage, Southwestern Australia features perfect conditions for growing Wax Flower abundantly, both commercially and in home gardens. These extremely hardy plants can withstand harsh conditions like frost and drought. As part of the myrtle family, Wax Flower blooms naturally in the late winter and early spring, which is a rarity among floral species.

White Wax Flower
White Wax Flower

Symbolism of the Wax Flower

Symbolizing riches and long-lasting love, the waxflower is often used in wedding bouquets as exotic-looking filler flowers. As an affordable and symbolic choice, Wax Flower is often a viable substitute for baby’s breath in arrangements with larger blooms. The Wax Flower, however, is also perfectly fine on its own when placed in a bride’s hair for a boho look, or arranged in mason jars for a rustic country look. 

dark purple wax flower
Purple WaxFlower

Versatility of Wax Flower

As a hardy, flexible flower, Wax Flower is known throughout the floral industry as easy to work with, making it a huge favorite among floral designers. Gardeners will delight at the ease of growing these low-maintenance blooms. Regular water and drainage, plus plenty of sun and annual pruning is all it takes to grow gorgeous wax flower shrubs. As a filler flower, the many colors of Wax Flower can be interchanged to enhance roses, tulips, lilies and peonies, to name a few. As a stand-alone bloom, Wax Flower lasts up to three weeks when cut. Add a delicate look but durable endurance to your next design when you include Wax Flower. 

There are so many ways to feature Wax Flower in your next floral design. It’s versatility, hardiness and beauty make it a favorite. A pleasing aroma and delicate, bright petals give this bloom an endearing quality that will thrill recipients and floral designers alike. To learn more about this little flower with big ambition, talk to the floral experts at Cascade Floral Wholesale. We’re here to help you find the perfect flowers for your next project, design or arrangement.