Pieris

What a special gem, this Pieris cut flower. For some people it looks like Skimmia, and other people associated the flower with Convallaria (Lilly of the Valley). It belongs to the Ericaceae family, and is related to the Rhododendron. Pieris is native to the mountain areas of east and south Asia and parts of North-America. In the US the flower got the nicknames Fetterbushes and Forest Flame.

The name is derived from Piera, which was a place in Greece, and not just a place. According to Greek mythology Piera was the home of the Muses. The plant is an evergreen shrub, and has one month per year white (or pink)flowers. These little flowers are bell-shaped, and having a lot of resembles with the flowers of Lily of the Valley.

Symbolism

In the flower industry we use the variety Pieris Japonica, this name means translated from Japan.
The symbolism of this flower is a happy one; it means happy thoughts and happiness through the ages.

Colors, Shapes and Availability

The season of Pieris starts in December until May, and then it starts again in October. Shortly in April, the flowering variety is available with white or pink flowers. Especially this variety, with the gorgeous virgin white flowers, are popular during weddings. Normally Pieris has different types of red, orange and yellow flowers. But don’t forget the green, glossy leaves! The leaves are having a high ornamental value, and add easy texture to a bouquet.

Design Combinations

Pieris is an undervalued flower and a forgotten gem! The flower fits perfect in a romantic bridal bouquet, combined with garden Roses, Anemones and Ranunculus. Or use it in other items, like a flower crown, a corsage or hair pieces. The green of the leaves is a nice welcome in a natural bouquet, with Pieris, Eryngium, Helleborus, Prunus and your favorite Tulip. Or go for a burgundy bouquet with Pieris, Hydrangea, Dahlia, Cymbidium, and Calla (Zantedeschia). Our favorite is Pieris Japonica in combination with different Daffodils (white and yellow) and Super Parrot Tulips. Pieris can be an interesting filler, if you are looking for something different.

Shop Care Tips

Pieris is quite strong in general, and general care tips apply. Check the flowers on damages, cut the flower and put them on water.