Versatile and long lasting, these delightful beauties have become favorites of florists and consumers alike.
Lisianthus russellianus (lis-ee-AN-thus roo-SELL-ee-an-us), which is more commonly known today botanically as Eustoma grandiflorum (you-STOW-ma grand-i-FLOR-um), goes by the common names prairie gentian and Texas bluebell. Most retail and wholesale florists refer to it commonly by the botanical name Lisianthus.
The botanical name Eustoma comes from the Greek eu, meaning good, and stoma, meaning mouth, referring to the beautiful corolla (petals) and throat. The specific epithet name grandiflorum means large flowers.
Lisianthus is a member of the Gentianaceae (gentian) family, and a close relative in the floriculture world is Exacum (Persian violet).
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