Galax


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Common Name: Galax
Botanical Name: Galax urceolata (G. aphylla) (GAY-lax ur-see-o-LAY-ta (G. a-FY-la))
Decorative Life: 7-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Recut stems under water and place into water plus regular household bleach at 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart or just soak the entire stem.
  • Leaves damaged easily in shipping.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Diapensiaceae (diapensia family).
  • Native to the Southeastern US.
  • Two not so common relatives are Pyxidanthera and Shortia.
Personality:
  • Single, round or heart-shaped leaves, 4 inches in diameter, occur on short stems.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial.
  • Flowers are not fragrant. Plant is mostly used for cut foliage.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F, in water.
Tidbits:
  • From the Greek "gala" (milk), referring to the white flowers.
  • Leaves are reddish green in autumn and winter.
  • The old specific epithet name "aphylla" means without leaves, a seemingly misnomer since the leaves are of commercial value.
  • Often used as background in wreaths, accent in oriental designs.