Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
The Afrikaans name is tjienkerientjee (named after the sound the stems make when rubbing together in the wind) Chincherinchee, wonder-flower (because they last so long), star-of-Bethlehem (biblical reference to the Christmas star)
South Africa and southern Europe
Chincherinchee is part of the Hyacinthaceae family and the most common flowers grown for the cutflower industry are Ornithogalum thyrsoides, Ornithogalum umbellatum (has larger flowers with a green stripe) and Ornithogalum arabicum (with a green-black ovary in the center) and . Ornithogalum dubium (cup shaped orange flowers)
White or creamy-white, sometimes tinted green or bronze at the base with a brown or green or green-black ovary in the centre that fades with age
Two to four weeks as a stem but the flowers last a bit shorter if cut as individual flowers
Strong, sweet floral fragrance
The white Chincherinchee flowers and stems are really trendy at the moment and is used in intricate wedding bouquets, table centerpieces and flower arrangements. The Flower stalks easily take up colourant when placed in food dyes.
Remove any foliage and place in cold water with flower food. The buds will continue to open. When designing with Chincherinchees keep in mind that the stem will bend up if placed in a horizontal position (geotropism). Parts of the plants are poisonous so always make sure the plants are not placed where pets can eat them. Wash or protect your hands to avoid skin irritation or allergic reaction when handled. Water the plants once every 14 days and let the soil dry out before watering again. Place the plants in a warm sunny position. The better the soil conditions the larger the flowers.
Perfect design for a warmer than usual winter design that hints at thawing.
Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.
Craft two woven panels to place front and back of a couple of bud vases to create a unit.
Adding just a little something to a bud vase design to connect them... and make it special.
Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature
Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas