Pussy willow


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Pussy willow
Common Name: Pussy willow
Botanical Name: Salix caprea (SAY-liks KAP-re-a)
Decorative Life: 10-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food, hydration of bleach solution.
  • It is possible that pre-existing air embolisms are present at the time they are harvested as embolisms are commonly formed during winter months. If true, this situation could interfere with subsequent water uptake suggesting that under water cutting would be advantageous. On the other hand, S. sachalinensis was shown to recover from embolisms that were initiated in the winter before the onset of transpiration in spring.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Salicaceae (willow family) with other willows and poplar as relatives.
  • Native to Eastern North America.
Personality:
  • Produces grayish-white fuzzy catkins up to 1 inch long, closely spaced along woody branches.
  • Branches are woody, cut to various lengths.
  • Plant is a deciduous tree, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
Availability: Mid and late winter to early spring.
Flower Color: Grayish-white.
Storage Specifics: Store at 32-34F.
Tidbits:
  • Willows have separate male and female plants and it is the male trees that produce the decorative catkins.
  • Salix discolor is used for its decorative catkins which are smaller than S. caprea. The specific epithet name "discolor" means of two colors and "caprea" is in reference to a goat.
  • Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world. For centuries, people have used the bark of willow trees to relieve pain and fever without knowing that aspirin as salicylic acid was the active ingredient. We now know that salicylic acid is likely ubiquitous in plants and is involved in many plant growth and development functions.