The umbels of the eye-catching waxflower (Chamelaucium) spread good feelings. Cheerful, airy and - as the name suggests - waxy. The latter means that the plant is a rich in oils.
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At the top of the stem lots of cheerful flowers suddenly emerge in umbel-like clusters. The flower consists of five radiating petals which can be white, pink or purple. The dark brown stems are some 30 centimetres long and have needle-like leaves. And naturally it feels like the waxflower's flowers and leaves are covered with a layer of wax ... the clue's in the name.
The long vase life and the host of fabulous flowers mean that the waxflower symbolises a good and happy wedding in Australia. Many weddings are therefore literally blooming with waxflowers, from a stunning bouquet to an eye-pleasing centrepiece. We should adopt that here!
The waxflower originates from South Asia and Australia. The French botanist René Louiche Desfontaines gave the genus of the name Chamelaucium in 1819. We don’t know why he chose this name. The genus currently contains fourteen species.