Schoenia filifolia ssp. subulifolia – Showy Everlasting Daisy

An attractive annual from Western Australia, and is one of the plants that contribute so much to the spectacular wildflower displays there that draw many tourists to visit and photograph. It has fine bright green green leaves and many upright stems to between 30 and 40 cm high. They have golden-yellow flowers with surrounding bracts that are papery and dry well for flower arrangements and other uses. Pick flowers to be dried in the morning or during the day and hang upside down in an airy place until dry.

Seed germination is in one to three weeks. If growing in the garden, sprinkle direct where they are to grow and gently rake so that seeds are barely covered or sit on the surface, and keep moist. Alternately plant in pots using the same method. This plant is threatened in the wild, but is readily grown in gardens which will help preserve it from disappearing.

Scientific Name:Schoenia filifolia ssp. subulifolia
Common Name:Showy everlasting daisy
Other Common Names:Paper daisy
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.2 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Wildflower meadow
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Features:Cut flower, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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