This plant is variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. There are many colourful annual types available as seed and as bedding plants, as well as lovely named longer lasting varieties. As well as being beautiful garden plants, the blooms are great for cut flower work, either fresh or as dried flowers which will last for years.
They flower best in sunny spots and with regular soil moisture, and also like good drainage. Feed lightly through the warm months. Picking the flowers will help to prune the plant and maintain a good plant shape. To use as dried flowers, pick while in bud and hang upside down to dry.
They were formerly known as Helichrysum, and are now known as Xerochrysum bracteatum.
|Scientific Name:||Bracteantha bracteata|
|Common Name:||Everlasting Daisy|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Ground cover|
|Height:||0.3 ~ 1.5 metres|
|Width:||0.3 ~ 1 metre|
|Flower Colour:||White, Cream, Yellow, Red, Pink, Orange, Gold, Purple|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped|
|Lifespan:||Annual, Perennial, Short lived|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
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-