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Strawflower Xerochrysum bracteatum

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zer-oh-KRIS-um brak-tee-AH-tum
Description

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.

Cultivars:
  • 'Dargan Hill Monarch'
Tags:
#red#fall#white#butterflies#sun#fall color#pollinators#flower arrangements#dried flowers
Cultivars:
  • 'Dargan Hill Monarch'
Tags:
#red#fall#white#butterflies#sun#fall color#pollinators#flower arrangements#dried flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Xerochrysum
    Species:
    bracteatum
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Australia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 1 in. - 0 ft. 2 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Rock Wall
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators