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Xerochrysum bracteatum

Common Name(s):
Strawflower
Categories:
Annuals, Perennials
Comment:

Easily grown annual, grown in average to dry soils.  Moderate drought tolerance.  Gray-green lance shapted leaves up to 5" long.   Smalll, 1-3 cm daisy-like flowers come in yellow, orange, white, red and pink.  They have yellow centers and has ridgid papery petal-like bracts that surround  a bright yellow center.   The bracts have a straw-like texture, hence the common name.  It blooms late spring until frost.  The flowers retain their shape and color when dried and are grown for the dried flower market.  Cut fresh flowers also last a long time.  Although some cultivars reach up to 5 feet tall, most are 2-3 feet tall with some 12" dwarf varieties available.   Dwarf varieties do well in rock gardens, containers, or window boxes while taller plants are great for boarders.  

Formally in the genus Helichrysum.  This plant is in the Asteraceae family.

There are no known insect or diesease problems.  Taller plants may need some staking to remain upright.

Season:
Late spring to fall
Light:
Sun
Height:
1-5 feet
Space:
05.-1.5 feet
Flower Color:
Orange, pink, red, salmon, white, yellow
Propagation:
self-seeds but plants do not come true
Exposure:
full sun to light shade
Soil:
medium to dry
Origin:
Australia
Tags:
pink, sun, annual, summer, pollinators, bouquet, dried flower, flower bouquet, fresh flowers, drought, yellow, orange, red, fall, salmon, cut flowers, white, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 81

Xerochrysum bracteatum Xerochrysum bracteatum
Far Out Flora, CC BY - 2.0
Xerochrysum bracteatum Xerochrysum bracteatum
Far Out Flora, CC BY - 2.0
Helichrysum bracteatum Helichrysum bracteatum
Col Ford and Natasha de Vere, CC BY - 2.0
Helichrysum bracteatum Helichrysum bracteatum
Lenora Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0