Boronia – Boronia spp. (mostly B. heterophylla and B. megastigma) Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Boronia Botanical Name: Boronia spp. (mostly B. heterophylla and B. megastigma), bor-OWN-ee-a Decorative Life: 7-10 days when handled well. Flower Color: Maroon, Pink, Yellow Availability: Spring, Winter Harvest Instructions: Harvest when 20-50% of the flowers are open as few flower buds open after harvest. Family Roots: A member of the Rutaceae (rue family). Native to Australia. Common relatives include citrus, diosma, correa, cork tree, kumquat and gas-plant. Personality: Small waxy bell-shaped flowers in loose clusters along upper stems. Wiry stems 20-24 inches long with needle-like leaves. Plant is a woody shrub, classified as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined. Some species/cultivars have flowers with intense fragrances. Storage Specifics: 36-40F for 10-12 days but vaselife can be reduced to only 3-4 days for B. heterophylla. Tidbits: Named for Francesca Borone (1769-1794). In Australia, Boronia megastigma flowers are grown or harvested in the wild for essential oil production. The oil is used in perfumes, cosmetics and as a fruity food flavoring. Often only do well for about two years as a landscape plant even in ideal climates.