Tweedia – Something Blue

TweediaOriginally from Brazil, these flowers are prized for their small, five-petaled star-shaped blooms, which range from intense glacier blue to bright sky blue to clear pale blue – colors not often found in commercially grown cut flowers, at least not naturally (dyed blue flowers are fairly common). The blue-flowered varieties will age to purple. Although they are more rare, there are also white and pink-flowered varieties.

Tweedia requires a warm, dry climate to thrive.  Unfortunately they can’t be grown as a perennial here in Alberta. However, they are wonderful cut flowers for bouquets. Definitely worth seeking out at a local flower shop!

If you are lucky enough to live in USA hardy zones 8A or higher,  they make a beautiful addition to your garden. They will grow 2-3 ft tall. If you wind them around a trellis, they can reach up to 10ft in height. They will self sow and can overtake your garden.  As such, it is recommended to cut them back each fall and remove the seed pods.

Tweedia is a member of the Asclepiadaceae, or milkweed family, which includes Stephanotis, Hoya and Ceropegia.

Tweedia in a Wedding BouquetAs a cut flower, Tweedia is usually available from domestic growers from June through September. With proper care, Tweedias can last up to 10 days. They tend to last longest in vase arrangements.

Tweedias are a noteworthy choice for brides and grooms who desire “something blue” in their wedding flowers or boutonniere. They are excellent for hand-tied bouquets as well as ideal for garden-style or “wildflower” arrangements.

About Lesley Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it's winter most of the time, the growing season is way too short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter! I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, especially if you're lucky enough to live in a warm climate and can grow flowers all year long. I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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