Strawflower - Paper Daisy - Everlasting Daisy - Seeds
100 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Mix contains 25 seeds each of: deep pink, soft pink, cream, white and yellow.
My favourite Australian native. These papery flowers are capable of enduring high heat, perfect for our Australian summers. The flowers attract butterflies, moths and many other insects, providing an important food source for them. Annual or perennial growing to 80cm.
For best results, prune the growing tips regularly during establishment to encourage a bushy habit with more flower heads and reduce the likelihood of the plant stems becoming leafless and woody at the base. This plant grows best with regular watering. I had great success with growing mine is damp conditions. My plants are grown in rich humus soil so I do not require to fertilise them, however if you do wish to fertilise, ensure it is suited to Australian native plants. Remove the spent flower heads to promote more flowers and extend the flowering period. Prune back after flowering to encourage renewed bushy growth.
Excellent cut and dried flower. Pick flowers when they first open and hang them upside down until the stems dry out.
Sow seeds in autumn for cool areas. Seeds can be sown in both autumn and spring for warmer areas. Sprinkle seeds on top of potting mix and lightly cover with soil. Gently water and keep moist not wet. Ideal temperature for germination is 18 to 22C. Germination takes 7 to 14 days. Prick out each seedling once it has its first set of true leaves (which to most people look like its second leaves) and transplant into 10cm pots containing free-draining potting mix and grow them on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outside. Seeds can also be direct sown. Spacing around 30cm.
Botanical Name: Xerochrysum bracteatum formerly known as Helichrysum bracteatum.