Immortelle

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About a tiny flower with immense strength

Immortelle, the “immortal flower”

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Do you know the "Immortelle"?
I am quite sure. Every time you pass the L’Occitane shops, you meet these little tiny flowers and their yellow! The Immortelle is known to strengthen the nerves and to "earthen", as a medical plant it is antibacterial and has a high healing ability. L’Occitane swears on the juvenating effect of the Immortelle.

The botanical name is Helichrysum italicum or "Italian straw flower". The little sturdy beauty is also called "Curry Flower", because of her distinctive smell.


The botanical name is Helichrysum italicum or "Italian straw flower". The little sturdy beauty is also called "Curry Flower", because of her distinctive smell.

It’s name is French and means "immortal", emphasizing on the strength and survival power of the plants, growing in the whole Mediterranean area, where it is hot and dry in summers with very few rain.

For flower designs, Immortelle is like a wonder flower: the little round blossoms show such an intensive extremely saturated lemon yellow! And they are strong and sturdy and unbreakable, in the meaning of their name, really immortal! On top of it, the intense color does not fade, even when the flowers are dried. 

For me, the lemon yellow is the main aspect of the flower, it is hard to not feel encouraged and refreshed by seeing this color in a design.

It’s a bit early in the year for intensive colors, I will therefore combine the Immortelle with SNOW, yes, snowwhite. And a bit of creme and wool and a bit of earthen brown and olive green to dampen it’s strength.

 
 

See the results at my January workshops: