Boronia – Boronia spp. (mostly B. heterophylla and B. megastigma)

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Boronia – Boronia spp. (mostly B. heterophylla and B. megastigma)

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.

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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.