Helichrysum bracteatum, or Strawflower, is a stout perennial native to Australia. In cooler climate grow it as a summer annual. The 80 cm tall plants have 12-14 cm long oblong-lanceolate leaves.
Flowers of this species are great as cut flowers and when they are dried, the papery flowers will last indefinitely. For drying cut only half-open flowers in dry weather. Hang stems head downwards in a cool, dark, airy place fro drying.
The plants are easy to culture and make excellent container plants. (info source: plantoftheweek.org)
Genus - Helichrysum
Species - Bracteatum
Common name - Straw Flower
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0.80 m
Spread - 0.30 m
Plant type - Hardy Annual, perennial
Vegetation type - Semi-evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Well drained, medium heavy, moderately fertilized
Water requirements - Average - high
Landscape uses - Dry Flowers, borders, mixed compositions
Bloom season - August - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Orange, pink, red, salmon, white, yellow
Direct sow indoors before the last frost or outdoors after the last frost.
Seed will germinate in 7-10 days at +18-+26C.
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