I found this “exotic flower” at the grocery store, “a cabbage” with a long stem.
Once arranged in a vase with water and some palm leaves it held up very well, for about 10 days.
There was no Cabbage Soup or Cold Slaw for this one.
It had been destined for a romantic experience with “baby breath”!
“Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.” ~Ambrose Bierce