For the third in our Floral Encyclopedia series with Moon Canyon Design – previous installments seen here and here – we continue to put a name and season to some of the lesser known varieties, this time with a holiday twist. Here, some of Kristen's festive favorites. XXJKE
Ranunculus - Most often boasting multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper-thin petals, Ranunculus are also characterized by straight stems and a long vase life, making them ideal for arrangements.
Astilbe - A perennial with beautiful, showy flowers atop glossy, fern–like foliage, Astilbe may look delicate, but it is actually quite resilient.
Brunia - One of very few flowers that have a natural silver grey color, Brunia are characterized by rounded little balls that are actually the fruited heads of the flower after all its white fluffy petals have fallen off.
Cyclamen - A genus of perennials growing from tubers, characterized by their beautiful flowers with upswept petals and variably patterned leaves. In most species, leaves come up in the autumn, grow through winter, then die in the spring.
Carolina Cedar - The traditional native Christmas tree of the South, it has a wonderful cedar aroma and the foliage is quite dense but sometimes prickly.
Parrot Tulip - Like parrots, these tulips come in brilliant hues (some are striped and flamed in various colors), and petals have ruffled or feathery edges.
Paperwhite - A perennial bulbous plant, Paperwhite are characterized by their paper-like flowers, which are born in bunches and quite fragrant. Frequently grown as a houseplant, it is often forced to flower at Christmastime.
Variegated Cedar - The branches of this impressive tree typically possess blue green sprays tipped with white.
Hellebores - Characterized by their exquisite bowl or saucer-shaped flowers in white (often speckled), pinks, yellows, or maroon, Hellebores remain on the plant for several months, even after the petals have fallen.