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Build a Bouquet with Magnolias

Magnolia is our #6 most-popular flower, tied with last week's featured flower, the forget-me-not! For a recap on how we find out which flowers are most popular in a bouquet, click here.

What are Magnolias?

According to Wikipedia, magnolias are an ancient flower with hearty centers. They appear to have evolved so that beetles could pollinate them. Magnolias are a type of spreading, deciduous tree with large, fragrant, bowl-shaped or star-shaped flowers (we'll refer to the flowers as magnolias in this post because that's how brides often think of them and refer to them). The magnolia grandiflora is the most commonly-known species of magnolia for US brides, as it is native to the southern United States.

What do you need to know about magnolias in a bouquet?

Growing season

Magnolias will bloom before their leaves grow, then produce fruits in autumn. For the purposes of getting cut flowers for a bouquet, magnolias are a spring flower.

Color variety

According to Wikipedia, magnolias can come in a wide variety of colors, such as the following:

  • White

  • Pink

  • Purple

  • Green

  • Yellow

Bloom size

The southern US magnolia can have flowers up to 30cm (12in) across, according to Wikipedia. This means that one flower can fill up a lot of space in a bouquet, so magnolias have the potential to help maintain your flowers budget for the big day. Ask your florist about the impact using magnolias in your bouquet could have on the price of your bouquets.

To see more about different bouquet flowers, check out our blog posts on daffodils, delphinium, dahlias, lilacs, carnations, hydrangeas, lavender, or lily of the valley.

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