Helichrysum bracteatum (Strawflower- Bright Rose) Wildflower Seeds- Re-Seeds Itself.
This perennial is grown as a summer annual, and often re-seeds itself. The papery flowers can be up to 2.5 inches across, and bloom in shades of yellow, orange, pink, red and white. They make a wonderful dried flower, as they hold their color and shape perfectly. Attracts bees and butterflies, and is deer resistant.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum Bracteatum Rose) - Easy and fast growing from Helichrysum seed, Strawflower, is a hardy perennial native to Australia. In most areas of the United States, however, it is grown as a summer annual. The 36 - 40 inch tall plants have 5 inch long oblong-lanceolate leaves and double blooms often over 2 1/2 inches across. Flowers of this species are great as cut flowers and when they are dried, the papery flowers will last indefinitely. The plants are easy to grow from flower seed and make excellent container plants. Helichrysum has several common names such as Strawflower, Paper Daisy, and Everlasting Daisy. Many gardeners grow Helichrysum Paper Daisy for the purpose of drying the everlasting blooms for dried arrangements, wreaths and crafts.
Helichrysum Everlasting flowers do best in full sun with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, you can use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam and sand. Strawflower plants need to be well watered and allowed to dry before watering again. During the spring and summer months, fertilize the plants monthly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. Even though this rose Paper Daisy plant is considered to be an annual, when growing in the landscape, it tends to re-seed by dropping its own flower seed on the ground. With the right conditions the Helichrysum flower seeds will germinate the following spring and new flowers will appear.
For earlier blooms, sow Strawflower seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting time. Helichrysum seeds can be directly sown outdoors once frost season has passed and temperatures are consistently warm.
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 40 inches
Bloom Season: Spring through fall
Bloom Color: Rose
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.6 to 7.5
Deer Resistant: Yes
Temperature: 72 - 76F
Average Germ Time: 8 - 10 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
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