Blue Lace Flower – Trachymene coerulea (Didiscus coerulea)

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Blue Lace Flower – Trachymene coerulea (Didiscus coerulea)

Common Name: Blue Lace Flower

Botanical Name: Trachymene coerulea (Didiscus coerulea), trac-a-MEE-nee sir-U-lee-a

Decorative Life: 5-10 days.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae (parsley family).
  • Native to Australia.
  • Common relatives include Queen Anne’s Lace, Bupleurum, dill and fennel.
Personality:
  • Has flat or rounded lacey clusters of small flowers at stem ends.
  • Stems from 12-16 inches long, branched.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers have a slight fragrance.
Storage Specifics:

36-41F in water for a short time.

Tidbits:
  • From the Greek “trachys” (rough) and “meninx” (membrane) referring to the fruit.
  • The specific epithet name “coerulea” means blue, in reference to the flower color.
  • Plants of this family often exhibit strong or pungent odors, many grown for food, flavoring and medicinal reasons while some are also grown for ornamental purposes.
  • Useful as a filler in bouquets.
Recent Research Findings:

Starman et al. (1995) rated this species (‘Himmelblau’) as being an average income producer.