Derived from the Greek words meaning “crown” or “fit for a crown,” it’s appropriate that brides like Princess Diana have often included Stephanotis in their bouquets. Not a royal? Don’t worry, this flower is readily available and will bloom happily from first mimosa to last dance. Often known as “Madagascar Jasmine,” Stephanotis is wonderfully fragrant and grows as vines with waxy white flowers. With their hollow centers, these blooms are often bedazzled with pearls and gemstones or strung on ribbon. If you’re creating your own floral arrangements, be aware that these flowers have very short stems, so make sure you have plenty of wire in your toolkit. Whether atop a cake or tucked in your hair, in boutonnieres or centerpieces, Stephanotis provides a lovely look (and scent) fit for a queen.
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