Also known as the Texas bluebell, lisianthus is native to the United States and blooms in white, blue, pink and purple. If cared for properly, they'll last between seven and 10 days. Start by cutting an inch off of each stem at a 45-degree angle. Remove any leaves that extend beyond the water line, because they can rot and breed bacteria. Dissolve flower food in a vase filled with warm water and arrange your flowers in the vase. Place them in a cool spot, and keep them out of direct sunlight and away from air vents. Many of the unopened buds which show color may open fully. Smaller buds may not open but simply support the larger blossoms and accent the foliage.
Check the water daily and add warm water when necessary. Remove any dying flowers or leaves. If the water starts to turn yellow or take on a film, fully clean the vase before returning the flowers to the water. Make fresh cuts to the stems every four days or so to keep your bouquet looking its best.
The lisianthus grows wild throughout the southern portion of the United States and South America, and it helps attract both bees and butterflies to your yard. A favorite for corsages and boutonnieres, it's a popular sight at weddings and bridal showers.
The lisianthus has a few different meanings, including an expression of gratitude; the joining of a couple in marriage; a sign of appreciation; and standing for traditional morals and values. They're also used as a way to convince others of your charisma and charm. This delicate bloom grows in just about every color, and each hue has a different meaning. Deep blue shades symbolize peace while bright red represent passion and love. Lisianthus is also available in different shades of green, which symbolize success, fertility and, of course, wealth.