name: Galax leaves or "Lemon Leaf"
Latin name: Galax urceolata
to: South Eastern USA
Useful as: A filler green or accent.
Longevity: 1 - 2 weeks as a fresh green.
Available: Year round
Floral Greens Care: Glossy green Galex leaves are quite sturdy and long lasting
requiring little care. Often times Galex leaves will outlast the
flowers they were arranged with.
Variety note: Galex
is a sturdy small glossy dark green leaf that can measure
1.5" to 3.5" in circumference. Galex leaves are an excellent choice for
covering unsightly areas of a fresh arrangement. They are usually
sold 20 or more leaves per bunch, and are relatively inexpensive. The leaves can be
curled or cut without sacrificing longevity. During the winter
months if Galex becomes chilled the leaves may take on a reddish
coloration or have reddish-bronze spots on the leaves.
In some parts of the country Galex is
a popular gardening plant for shady areas. It produces a tall
spike like racemes with white flowers similar to Veronica. Galex
urcolata is winter hardy in zone 5 and above.
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