New to me botanical discovery – Kochia

I was at the flower market over this past weekend, and a silvery line element botanical caught my eye for the first time.  It’s called Kochia (it’s other variety is a flame red), and it’s an extremely drought resistant ornamental that is the silvered color of dusty miller, with sort of a baubled, eucalyptus look to its tips.

I snapped some up and made this funky star shaped bouquet, with deep pink hydrangea and blue thistle (aka sea holly).   It’s a line element so it’s mostly used in loose, kind of free form bouquets (it wouldn’t look very good poking out of a typical tightly packed round bouquet).  For this reason, I tried making a radial collar with it around the outside of the bouquet –  it was a fun experiment.

Stay tuned tomorrow, I’ll be posting some kochia as used by floral design pros!

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