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Helichrysum bracteatum (Everlasting Flower)

Everlasting Flower, Bracted everlasting, Golden everlasting, Immortelle, Paper daisy, Strawflower, Yellow Paper Daisy, Xerochrysum bracteatum, Bracteantha bracteata


Admired for the beauty of its joyful flowers, Helichrysum bracteatum or Xerochrysum bracteatum (Everlasting Flower) is a short-lived tender perennial or annual boasting daisy-like flowers, up 1-3 in. across (2-8 cm), adorned with a central yellow disk surrounded by glossy, petal-like bracts in brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red, pink or white. The petals are like stiff paper, and they unfold to form concentric rings in bright colors. Blooming from late spring to the first frost, they rise atop erect stems clad with lance-shaped, green leaves. Wonderful in the sunny border or in a vase at home, everlasting flowers are terrific in dried flower arrangements as they retain perfectly well their shape and color.

  • Grows up to 1-5 ft. tall (30-150 cm) but usually tops out at 3 ft. (90 cm). May self-seed, but many of the cultivars will not come true from seed.
  • Thrives in full sun, in moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline, dry to medium, well-drained soils.
  • Fabulous for beds and borders, cottage gardens, gravel and rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens or prairie plantings. Excellent in cutting gardens for both fresh cut and dried flowers.
  • Deadhead any spent flowers. Cut back after flowering.
  • Virtually pest free, but watch for downy mildew.
  • Propagate by seed sown at 65°C (18°C) in spring. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.
  • Native to Australia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Helichrysum
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Helichrysum
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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