Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The air is crisp (well, at least here in the Midwest it is), football season is back in full swing, and bittersweet, a perennial vine, is ablaze with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Did you know there are two main types of bittersweet in the United States? American, also known as false bittersweet, is distinguished by berries found at the ends of the vine. Oriental bittersweet has thorns and the berries grow along the entire vine. Both varieties provide amazing Fall color both outside and in. I think cut bittersweet is such a versatile “floral” item because it looks great before it fully blooms in a beautiful vase filled with fresh water or dried and arranged in a vintage crock that can serve as a stand-alone centerpiece or as part of a great vignette. Many local florists and national chain grocery stores are stocking bittersweet right now. In fact, just last night I was at my local Whole Foods and they had a great selection to choose from.
Happy bittersweet season!
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