Calling all botanists:
May 7, 2006 9:30 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to track down a flower I encountered once a few years ago, but I don't know what it's called.

The description: I saw an arrangement of hot pink, thick-stalked flowers with petals that were in a dense round cluster shape. I found these at an exclusive florist who told me she purchased them for $6 a stem and that she didn't get them every year as they were not only expensive but also tended to be hard to find. (I believe she said she had them shipped from Israel). The flowers were cut very short, but I'm not sure if it's because the stems were naturally short or because that was the look she had chosen.

The flowers were definitely not gerberas, though those are the closest to my description I have been able to find.

Does anyone recognize this description, or know where I might be able to find an answer?
posted by brina to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
Was it a a dahlia perhaps? There are even "dinnerplate dahlias" where the flowers get to be 10 inches across.

They are a little fussy as they grow from underground tubers that have to be dug up every year in most climates.
posted by Ostara at 9:43 PM on May 7, 2006

Maybe a variety of chrysanthemum?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:32 PM on May 7, 2006

Aster maybe? Here is an Israeli exporter, maybe you'll spot it in the catalogue.
posted by tellurian at 10:37 PM on May 7, 2006

Best answer: you might also look at peonies, which are dense round clusters, often in hot pink.
posted by judith at 11:51 PM on May 7, 2006

Best answer: Not especially thick-stalked, but the phrase "dense, round cluster shape" makes me think of ranunculus.
posted by rob511 at 12:25 AM on May 8, 2006

How about waratah? Or maybe a protea?
posted by b33j at 5:06 AM on May 8, 2006

Hydrangea? Or, hydrangea? And a few words about hydrangeas.
posted by Lynsey at 10:45 AM on May 8, 2006

i love anemones, and they kinda look like gerbs sometimes.
dont think they come in hot pink tho. (i wouldnt know)
the white ones with dark centers are pretty, very artsy and graphic i think. none of these are exclusively from israel; i hope im not throwing you off.

any chance its a poppy? very best of luck on your quest.
posted by saragoodman3 at 3:22 PM on May 8, 2006

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