Actinotus helianthi ‘Starbright’ – Flannel Flower

A selected form of the beautiful flannel flower, it is a short-lived perennial  with soft divided grey-green foliage and a compact habit. The white flowers which have a soft textured flannel feel are borne from late spring to mid summer. Needs a well drained open textured soil, and does well in containers where it can get good drainage. For sunny spots to dappled light shade.

Scientific Name:Actinotus helianthi
Common Name:Flannel Flower
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.