Rice Flower


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Rice Flower
Common Name: Rice Flower
Botanical Name: Ozothamnus diosmifolius (Helichrysum diosmifolium) (oz-o-THAM-nus di-os-mi-FOL-ee-us (hel-i-CRY-sum di-os-mi-FOL-ee-um))
Decorative Life: From 7 to 14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a flower food, hydration or bleach solution made from about 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart of water.
  • Stem tips dry out easily so maintain good quality solutions. Leaf fall is common for both fine- and broad-leaf types.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when 50% of the small buds or "grains" have reached full size but have not broke open. Do not harvest if more than 10% of the buds have broken open. Too mature flowers at harvest tend to fall apart while ones harvested too early often wilt. Thus, similar to rose harvesting!
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster or sunflower) family.
  • Native to Australia.
  • Common relatives include chrysanthemum, marigold, zinnia, sunflower and lettuce. Should not be confused with Pimelea, another Australian native flower with the same common name of rice flower.
Personality:
  • Has many tiny white flower heads in dense clusters at stem ends.
  • Stems are mostly woody, with many linear leaves, one half inch long.
  • Plant is a woody shrub, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Spring.
Flower Color: White, pink.
Storage Specifics: Most likely 34-38F but hard data has not been located.
Tidbits:
  • From the Greek "helios" (the sun) and "chryson" (golden).
  • The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a "composite" of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one "petal" off at a time, saying "she/he loves me, loves me not", they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
  • Two common names for Helichrysum are Everlasting and Immortelle in reference to the flowers lasting almost forever when dried.
Personal Experiences: I have found that a lot of our employees are allergic to it. They most commonly report itchy skin and hay fever like reactions (runny nose, itchy eyes and throat) I should however note that this is after a long exposure. About four hours making Bouquets that contain rice flower. We haven’t had many complaints when it is used briefly. (Vanessa Singleton)