Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Pyracantha spp. (py-ra-CAN-tha)
red, orange, yellow
Form and Size:
The branches of pyracantha are of various lengths and have thorns. The branches are covered with clusters of berries.
7 – 12 days
fall – winter
Remove leaves from the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Rosaceae (rose) family, pyracantha originated in southeastern Europe and Asia. The botanical name comes from the word “pyr” which is Greek for fire and “akantha” which is Greek for a thorn. This is in reference to the red berries and thorns on the branches. This is also where its common name firethorn comes from. These berries look lovely in arrangements with a winter or Christmas theme.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of pyracantha include cotoneaster, hawthorn, photinia.