Galax – Galax urceolata (G. aphylla) 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: Galax Botanical Name: Galax urceolata (G. aphylla), GAY-lax ur-see-o-LAY-ta (G. a-FY-la) Decorative Life: 7-14 days. Availability: Year Round Family Roots: Member of the Diapensiaceae (diapensia family). Native to the Southeastern US. Two not so common relatives are Pyxidanthera and Shortia. Personality: Single, round or heart-shaped leaves, 4 inches in diameter, occur on short stems. Plant is a herbaceous perennial. Flowers are not fragrant. Plant is mostly used for cut foliage. Storage Specifics: 36-41F, in water. Tidbits: From the Greek “gala” (milk), referring to the white flowers. Leaves are reddish green in autumn and winter. The old specific epithet name “aphylla” means without leaves, a seemingly misnomer since the leaves are of commercial value. Often used as background in wreaths, accent in oriental designs.