Galax – Galax urceolata (G. aphylla)

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.


Family Roots:
  • Member of the Diapensiaceae (diapensia family).
  • Native to the Southeastern US.
  • Two not so common relatives are Pyxidanthera and Shortia.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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