1-800-Flowers.com Has Announced Its 2023 Plant and Flower of the Year

published Dec 10, 2022
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Forget about Color of the Year announcements — 1-800-Flowers.com is taking things a step further. This week, the plant delivery company announced its 2023 plant and flower of the year, which were selected “with an enthusiastic nod to unity, love, and new beginnings in the year ahead.”

“Our 2023 flower and plant of the year were chosen to inspire our customers with meaningful expressions as they seek to invigorate their home environment, or share a thoughtful gift with loved ones,” Alfred Palomares, Vice President of 1-800-Flowers.com Merchandising, said in a press release. 

Read on to learn more about the company’s 2023 picks.

Plant of the Year: The Calathea Rattlesnake

For its 2023 plant, 1-800-Flowers has selected the calathea rattlesnake. Named for its reptilian-like green and burgundy leaves — which fold at night and relax at sunrise — the plant hails from the Brazilian rainforest. Despite its snakey name, the calathea rattlesnake is emblematic of good luck. It’s also pet-friendly and helps purify the air in your home.

If you decide to take one home, make sure it gets moderate indirect or filtered light, as strong, direct sunlight will burn its sensitive leaves. The rattlesnake calathea thrives in humid environments (ideally between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit), and typically enjoys a daily misting.

“The calathea rattlesnake symbolizes turning over a new leaf and a new beginning in 2023,” Palomares said. “Because of its nature, its movement, and its unique sort of language, there’s something very special about this plant. It brings a lot of joy and positivity to your well-being.”

Flower of the Year: The Orchid

1-800-Flowers.com kept things traditional yet luxurious with its 2023 flower pick: The orchid. Available in an array of bright colors, 1-800-Flowers’ orchids are available as flowering plants or one-of-a-kind farm-fresh bouquets from Thailand that bring a pop of color wherever they go.

“Orchids are exotic, very luxurious tropicals that surprise and delight, and ultimately deliver a smile to the customer,” Palomares added

Since 1-800-Flowers.com’s orchid bouquets are carefully preserved, they’re not quite as high-maintenance as regular orchids. However, once the flowers arrive, it’s important to cut their stems at an angle and set them in water with their attached flower food as soon as possible. Want them to stay fresh longer? Keep them in cooler areas of your home, away from bright, direct sunlight.