Triteleia ‘Aquarius’: Blue at its best

Its bright blue double headed flowers are a wow factor in every border, terrace or bouquet.

Its name Triteleia ‘Aquarius’ wasn’t a twist of fate. Its bright blue flowers are a wow factor in every border, terrace or bouquet. Add in the double headed flowers and you know you are on to a winner. Breeder Arie van den Berg from Flower Power tells us more.  

Breeding isn’t just a day-job to Arie van den Berg from Flower Power located at the Balgweg in Breezand, it’s his passion. With his classic hat on, he guides us through his shed where different crop is being processed. They are all from his nursery and he treats them like his babies. Today however, we came to see Triteleia ‘Aquarius’ with the brightest blue and double headed flowers in its species. “These double flowers are the reason for its long vase-life. The florets take their time to open and do not wither. It means you can cut ‘Aquarius’ even with a few flowers already open on the stem. It’s a pleasant feature to have and makes it an easy product to work with.” What’s most striking: “the roots of the plants grow shallow and wide rather than deep, unlike most other plants.”

Wetland plant

‘Aquarius’ is great for propagation purposes, Arie knows. “It’s a fast-growing variety, has healthy, clean skin and is great for storage. And above all, it’s not sensitive to Sclerotinia disease or Erwinia.” There is currently one third of an acre of this relatively new variety planted in The Netherlands at growers, who are member of growers’ association Triteleia.

‘Aquarius’ is mainly intended for the dry bulb market as it performs well in gardens and on terraces. Through the Dutch export, this variety also finds its way to retail shops in the UK, Japan, North America and others. Triteleia is native to the Californian wetlands and does exceptionally well in the warmer climate zones.” The cut flowers are also great for in bouquets, Arie knows. “The Germans have recently discovered and embraced this variety. It needs a bit more promotion amongst the Dutch however.”

By Monique Ooms
Photography by René Faas