Post # 1
So, we all know that EVERY bridal magazine in this country has showcased a bouquet or bout with fiddlehead ferns in it…
Yet, here in So. Dak. no florist has even HEARD of them…aghhh!
So, I come to you fellow-weddingbee-ers…
Have you seen faux fiddlehead ferns? Is there a different name that I should be googling?? Has anyone seen them on the floral warehouse sites?? I only need 12 for each of the bouts…
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Post # 3
I think I’ve seen them referred to as "monkey tails"…
Post # 4
I’ve heard of them called fern fronds or fern shoots (I think literally they are shoots that the plant sends out to grow more!) I assume you showed them a photo and they still have no idea? BIZARRE. I’m only one state over-Minnesota-and many florists here use them. I’m having them in my bouquet.
Post # 5
lucky! How ridiculous. Apparently even the wholesale houses here haven’t heard of them….um, have they never looked at out of state florists or a picked up a wedding magazine??
Well, my florist did not even know what the knot was…yeah…these people need to take a minute and look at what’s going on outside of exotic South Dakota! lol.
Post # 6
I’m using them in the bouts, too, and found fake ones here: http://www.pyob.com/fiddleheads-uluhe.htm
The fresh ones are often sauteed and eaten! I think the ones we usually see in magazines are dried.
Post # 7
Thanks for the help!!
I have seen them fresh…I think they were anyway, they were the brown color we see in magazines, but they were on water…at Crate & Barrel, but we don’t have one close 🙁
Post # 8
Go to fiftyflowers.com
They are not listed, but they can find them for you.
Post # 9
You can buy the dried or faux ones almost anywhere but if you are looking for fresh honestly…try an upscale grocer or restaurant supply, you are close enough to Canada where we eat them all the time! You can easily grow them, I have seen them in upstate New York a lot as well.
Post # 10
Fiddlehead ferns are the young sprouts of the fern before it fully opens. Most of the time they are green (at least they are in the forest and at our grocery store).
With a wedding in October it’s unlikely that you will find some fresh one since they only come out in the spring. So go for the fake one or find a way to dry some.
Post # 11
i’m using "monkey tails" too.
oh yes.,……i also was nervous when my florist looked at me with a blank stare. thankfully i had pics.
she told me that they are just pieces of plastic that they strip to curl. (the fake ones, obviously) i am ignoring the fact that she doesnt seem to know that this is a real fern that grows somewhere.
its official name (for the brown ones) is Uluhe fern
Post # 12
According to this, the Uluhe ferns are also called "False Staghorn."
But I think most any fern makes shoots like those curly little tails. If there’s a Filipino or Asian market near you, try there too — I know there are several fern shoot dishes that Asians eat.
Post # 13
Fresh fiddleheads are only available for 4 weeks of the year in May…at least in eastern Canada that’s when we have them. Also, I doubt they would hold up to the wedding day beating! I think you’re definitely better off with faux…dried cou be good too, but you would lose that beautiful vibrant green colour.
Post # 14
I love this look!
In Maori (New Zealand native people) culture, the fern is very significant. The curled fiddleheads, called koru, actually symbolize the start of all life. It’s a nice sentiment to go into a bouquet, I think.
Post # 15
I worked at a florist for a long time and we always called them "monkey tails" so I would give that name a shot. Good luck!
Post # 16