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Flower Spotlight: Waxflower

Waxflowers are beautiful flowering shrubs with delicate branches, commonly used in weddings. Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!


Waxflowers are woody evergreen shrubs, which grow quickly and can range in height from 6 inches to 10 feet. They are native to parts of Asia and Australia and prefer a warm, dry climate. They were discovered by French botanist Rene Louiche Defontaines in 1819. Waxflowers get their name simply from the fact that their petals have a waxy texture. They commonly bloom in winter and early spring and are typically available from November-April. They come in a variety of colors, including shades of pink, purple, and white.


  • Waxflowers are a part of the myrtle family, alongside clove and eucalyptus.
  • When crushed, they give off a lemony scent.
  • They are long-lasting flowers, which is why they are commonly used in corsages and as cake embellishments.


Waxflowers offer a variety of meanings. Due to their long-lasting blooms, they’re a symbol for lasting success and are associated with riches and wealth. They can also be viewed as a sign of everlasting love and patience. They’re a symbol of happiness in marriage, which makes them commonly used as wedding flowers.

With their sweet scent and delicate petals, waxflowers will make a beautiful addition to any flower arrangement! Make sure to ask your local florist to include waxflowers next time you send flowers.

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