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Flower Spotlight: Stock

Stock flowers have been around for a long time and are part of the mustard family Brassicaceae. With over 50 variants, stock flowers make for a beautiful addition to any bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts! 

Origin

Stock flowers, also known as Gillyflowers, are native to Asia, the Mediterranean, and Southern Africa. Its botanical name is Matthiola, and it’s believed to be named after Italian botanist, Pietro Andrea Mattiolo who cultivated the flowers. Stock flowers are known for their spicy fragrance and come in white, yellow, pink, lilac, and magenta. They are known to thrive in cooler climates and are easy to grow and cultivate in gardens. 

Facts

  • Stock flowers are actually edible, having a snappy, radishy flavor like cabbage, but their leaves and roots are not edible.  
  • They can grow to a height of 8-15 feet in full sun. 
  • They can be grown in gardens and are used as border plants. 
  • Stock flowers need full sunlight in order to grow. 

Meanings

Stock flowers have many meanings and symbolize many things. They are generally associated with a long life and happy existence, along with success, joy, happiness, and beauty. White stock flowers symbolize purity and innocence in life. Bright and beautiful, stock flowers make the perfect addition to any bouquet. Be sure to ask your local florist to use stock the next time you send flowers! 

Personalities and Flowers: The Mediator (INFP)

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Flower Spotlight: Poinsettia

Poinsettias are a part of the Euphorbiaceae, or Spurge, family and have been around since the 1830s. With over 100 variants in many colors, Poinsettias are a beautiful plant traditionally associated with the Christmas holiday. Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!  [Read more…]

December Card Messages

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Personalities & Flowers: The Advocate (INFJ)

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Decorating Your Home with Christmas Flowers

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Flower Spotlight: Anemone

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Personalities & Flowers: The Debater (ENTP)

The Debater is bold and creative. They love the process of mental sparring, as it gives them the ability to showcase their quick wit and expansive knowledge base. They’re unyieldingly honest and are on a constant quest for knowledge. Looking for the perfect flowers to send an ENTP? We know just the ones! [Read more…]

Why You Should Petal It Forward

For the past five years, florists around the nation have taken part in SAF’s goodwill initiative, Petal It Forward. While this year has been different in more ways than imagined, Petal It Forward is still happening and is more important than ever. In mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively affected due to COVID-19. Flowers have been scientifically proven to positively affect emotional and mental health. That’s why participating in Petal It Forward has never been more critical than in 2020. If that wasn’t enough, here are a few other reasons why you should Petal It Forward on October 21st: [Read more…]

Flower Spotlight: Snapdragon

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