Lilac – Syringa vulgaris

Lilac – Syringa vulgaris

Common Name: Lilac

Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris, si-RIN-ga vul-GAH-ris

Decorative Life: About 5-10 days.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Oleaceae (olive family).
  • Native to Europe, Central Asia.
  • Common relatives include forsythia, jasmine, osmanthus and olive.
Personality:
  • Has small star-shaped flowers in pyramid-shaped clusters (6-10 inches long) at stem ends.
  • Stems are woody, up to 24 inches.
  • Plant is a deciduous shrub or small tree, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers have a sweet, mild and very characteristic fragrance.
Storage Specifics:

At 36-39F for up to 7 days in water.

Tidbits:
  • From the Greek “syrinx” (a pipe) referring to the stems which are hollow. Even the common name lilac is from the Persian “nilak” (blue).
  • The specific epithet name “vulgaris” means common.
  • Commonly grown as a landscape plant. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology lists this species as an allergy-safe pollen producing plant. According to Creasy (1999), fresh petals are edible. Can be used in cheeses and frozen yogurt and as a garnish with sweet dishes such as cakes.
  • The sap of fresh-cut lilac branches is said to reduce vaselife of other flowers so let them stand in water alone for a time before combining with other flowers.
  • Immersion of the stem ends in boiling water for a few seconds is said to facilitate water uptake.

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