Waxflower, the understated little white flower

Waxflower, poetry by M. T. C. Cronin

There’s a fantastic flower stand on 16th St. and Market where I often get my flowers. Amazing bunched beauties can be scored between $5 and $7. Unheard of in the city!

Last week I picked up these cute waxflowers. I didn’t know what they were called at the time, but I was drawn by their sweet, tiny, almost artificial-like flowers. Their buds are burgundy and they have rosemary-like needles. They would have been perfect for Christmas! (But better late than never!)

I took them home and divided them among three containers: the main one in the living room, a tiny cordial glass holds a few sprigs on my kitchen window sill, and a reused jam jar sprouts a little bouquet in the bathroom. I added some fresh greens from the meyer lemon tree in the backyard for some extra interest.

Waxflower in vaseMy only qualm I have with these little guys is that I find their scent mildly repulsive. While not overpowering to a room, it’s definitely noticeable when you are next to them. I don’t know if it’s just me, because when I google “waxflower smells like…” I get only positive results of them smelling lovely. Am I the only one who thinks they smell like a cross between morning breath and the sidewalks of the mission?

If you ever come across these flowers, take a whiff and report back to me.

The full version of M.C.T. Cronin’s poem, Wax-Flower, can be found here.

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  1. Posted February 4, 2013 at 22:41 | Permalink

    So pretty! I’m so glad you’re posting photos again.

    Now, I’m also really curious to see what these pretty little things smell like.

    • denise
      Posted February 10, 2013 at 08:45 | Permalink

      I just went to a party yesterday and one of the guests brought a bouquet that included these flowers. I asked another guest to smell them. And when she did, the look on her face was priceless. Confirmed. Stinky.

  2. Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:22 | Permalink

    Lovely pictures!

    The comment about the smell – a cross between morning breath and the sidewalks of the mission? hahahaha!

  3. Chris
    Posted February 4, 2015 at 12:27 | Permalink

    I just bought some flowers from the farmer’s market. The wax flowers smell so bad. I think I will have to put them out side.

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