Trachelium is a perennial flower native to the Mediterranean region, mainy the country of Portugal. Its botanical name is Trachelium Caeruleum and it is part of the Camanulaceae family, the same as the Campanula. Many know this flower more commonly as Blue Throatwort. This nickname came from the ancient practice of using this flower to treat sore throats and other illnesses of the throat.
As with most flowers, Tracheliums prefer full sun with some shade during the day, and well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Lining the soil with fertilizer before planting will help to promote a fuller and healthier flower. If planting more than one trachelium, space them 9 inches apart. Placing mulch around the flowers, but not on top of them, will keep weed growth down and the flower area fresher and more nutrient. Water regularly and keep the soil completely moist. The throatwort needs more water than the average flower, and if it dries out it will die.
This flower blooms mid-summer to early fall and stands erect at 2-3 feet tall. Hundreds of tiny flower heads bloom in clusters on the top of the flower stem. These flower heads are about ½ inch in diameter and are found in colors of purple, lavender, white and most commonly, blue. So many blossoming heads grow in these clusters that the flowers reach a wingspan of about 8 inches wide.
Trachelium is very easy to care for after planted and bloomed. Although it needs almost no assistance besides watering, look for ways to encourage growth and continual flowering. One thing to keep an eye out for is dead flower heads. Remove them to promote new blossoms to occur.
Even though the throatwort is not a common flower to be found in bouquets or arrangements, you will see florists use it occasionally when they want to add texture or variance to make a bouquet more dynamic or exotic. They are also a great filler flower since their wingspan is so broad. After cut, these flowers usually last around 10 days.
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