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Botanical Name: Helichrysum bracteatum
Common Name(s): Bracted strawflower, paper daisy, everlasting
These everlasting flowers look like double daisies, with straw-like petals in bright scarlet, purple, orange, pink, yellow and white. Sow directly or in trays in autumn or spring. Space seedlings 350mm apart in well-drained soil; they should flower 16 weeks from sowing. A popular flower for drying; cut blooms when half open, tie stems in bunches and hang upside down in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. South Africa has about 250 species of Helichrysum, growing mostly in the wild; H. petiolare is a good option for an indigenous garden.
Family: – Asteraceae, Daisy family
Botanical Pronunciation: hell-ih-KRYE-zum brak-tee-AY-tum
Semi Frost Hardy