Flower spotlight: blue thistle

Flower spotlight: blue thistle

Blue thistle isn’t technically a flower, it’s a weed. But it’s a unique and striking addition to cut flower arrangements and is popular among brides. Native to Europe, this perennial weed was naturalized in the United States decades ago. The conical bloom is popular in bouquets and other floral arrangements because of its rustic beauty and blue hue.

Blue thistle is versatile because it works well in both fresh and dried arrangements. Because blue is a popular wedding color, brides often pair blue thistle with white roses, baby’s breath, eucalyptus, silver brunia, white anemone, white ranunculus, and dusty miller. Sprigs of blue thistle look stunning woven into a floral crown or boutonnieres for the perfect fairytale garden wedding.

To add this accent to your home, consider weaving blue thistle together for a simple wreath in a guest room or bathroom. Simply dry the weed, then weave it around your favorite wire arrangement, along with some complimentary white phlox, snapdragons, and wormwood. They also pair well in decorative succulent arrangements and tabletop centerpieces.

Thistles in general symbolize courage, bravery, and loyalty in the face of treachery. This special meaning, along with the color, make them a great addition to holiday arrangements for Christmas, winter solstice, and even Independence Day. For wintertime elegance, pair this uniquely textured blue weed with delicate wax flowers, hypericum, and peach roses.

The silvery blue thistle bloom looks wonderful standing alongside dahlias and tulips in an elegant tabletop vase or dried and tucked around some baby’s breath in a sweet little keepsake to remember a special wedding day.


Visit us today to talk about adding some blue thistle to your next floral arrangement in a whimsical or elegant way. However you use it, it’s sure to add something special and unique to your next Lilygrass floral order.

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