Xerochrysum macranthum – White Strawflower

A beautiful everlasting daisy, with pink tinged buds which open to shiny white flowers beginning in spring and going through to summer. It grows as a branching annual or a short-lived perennial sub-shrub with a woody base, growing to around a metre high. Likes a sunny open position in well drained soil, appreciates some watering in dry spells. A good plant to use for wildflower meadows, they attract bees and butterflies and other interesting pollinators. They make great cut flowers as well as good to use for long lasting dried flowers, pick them in bud and hang upside down to dry.

Sow seed in autumn to early winter, they will need protection from frost. Sow direct where they are to grow or in containers, and only just cover with fine soil….planting too deep will deter germination. The seed will start growing in 1to 2 weeks, but some seed can take longer, germinating when conditions are suitable. Flowering is in 3 to 4 months from sowing.

This plant has also been known as Helichrysum bracteatum and Bracteantha bracteata

Scientific Name:Xerochrysum macranthum
Common Name:White Strawflower
Height:0.15 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.15 ~ 0.75 metres
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Wildflower meadow
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Features:Cut flower
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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