Lisianthus belong to the Gentianaceae family and are popular as an ornamental, potted indoor plant, and cut flower. These plants are found in the warmer regions of the Southern United States, Mexico, Carribean and northern South America.
Lisianthus (eustoma grandiflorum) comes from the Greek 'lysis' meaning dissolution and 'anthos' meaning flower. Eustoma is also Greek, 'eu', meaning beautiful, good, well and 'stoma', meaning mouth. These flowers are believed to symbolize an outgoing nature.
Grown mostly in the summer, lisianthus blooms are large bell - shaped petals but very delicate, with bluish green, succulent leaves. Lisianthus colors include white, lavender, deep purple, pinks and bi - colors. Lisianthus are annuals and can reach a height of 15 - 60cm.
Lisianthus prefer moist, well drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Do not overwater. Lisanthus are best kept at an average room temperature of 65 - 75°F.