University of Maryland Extension

Cut Flower Production: What Are Growers Growing?

Below is a small sampling of cut flowers highlighted on recent tours.

Lisianthus 'Mariachia Carmine'
Lisianthus ‘Mariachi Carmine’ is a cultivar that Dave Dowling,
Farmhouse Flowers and Plants, grows that comes into bloom a little
later than other lisianthus cultivars

Orlaya grandiflora (white lace flower)
Orlaya grandiflora (white lace flower) was highlighted by Ron 
Peterman, Long Season Statice, at the August 6, 2012 tour.  Ron
plants it in the fall (and does not cover it over the winter) for it blooms
in June. It has a wiry stem with blooms that are somewhat
like Queen Anne’s lace. White lace flower does not wilt like Queen
Anne’s lace does, and the flowers are small and do not shed. He
mentioned that you need to keep picking it or it goes to
seed and that his florists like it better that Queen Anne’s lace.

 Hypericum Hypearls 'Olivia' fruit
Hypericum Hypearls 'Olivia' is a woody plant that Ron Peterman grows
for cut stems. The color will become redder as the fruit matures. Ron
estimates that you can get about 50 cut stems from one plant. Ron
noted that so far deer have not bothered the plants. There are four
cultivars in this series, ‘Olivia’, ‘Jacqueline’, ‘Jessica’ and ‘Renu’.

Fig foliage
Figs are sold as fruit and the foliage is used in arrangements at Seaberry Farm.

Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' flowers
Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender' is a selection of 'David'.  It is a
lavender-pink flowering phlox with the powdery mildew resistance
of the white flowering 'David' cultivar.
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