A low growing soft-wooded perennial which can be used as an annual in bedding situations and renewed every year. This is a true breeding seed line in colours of crimson and red. A great general garden or pot plant and a brilliant cut flower, attract butterflies and small moths.
A good heat tolerant plant, performs best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. Tip pruning the plants when young will help form more compact plants and give more flowers. While they are drought tolerant once established, dry soil conditions will reduce the flowering. Feed with a good native fertiliser during warm weather. To preserve the flowers, pick while in bud and hang upside down until dry.
|Scientific Name:||Xerochrysum bracteatum|
|Common Name:||Straw flower|
|Other Common Names:||Everlasting daisy, Paper daisy|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 1.2 metres|
|Width:||0.2 ~ 0.8 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Wildflower meadow|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Mound-shaped|
|Lifespan:||Annual, Biennial, Perennial|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant|
|Special Features:||Cut flower, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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