500 STRAWFLOWER SEEDS - Rose/Pink,Great for Cut flowers
Sow seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70-75° F., germination is in 10-20 days. Can be direct sown into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost and thinned to 12 inches apart.
Xerochrysum bracteatum, syn. Bracteantha bracteata, syn. Helichrysum bracteatum monstrosum fl. pl.
- Strawflowers attract butterflies and are superb for cutting.
- Plants are easy to grow, heavy flowering, and tolerate heat and drought.
Strawflowers produce loads of vibrant, 2-3 inch papery, pompom-like flowers on well-branched, heavy blooming, 3-3.5 foot tall plants. Easy to grow, they tolerate both heat and drought. Known as an "everlasting" because the flowers will last indefinitely when dried.Plants flower over a long season.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum Bracteatum Rose) - Easy and fast growing from Helichrysum seed, Strawflower, is a hardy perennial native to Australia. In most areas of the United States, however, it is grown as a summer annual. The 36 - 40 inch tall plants have 5 inch long oblong-lanceolate leaves and double blooms often over 2 1/2 inches across. Flowers of this species are great as cut flowers and when they are dried, the papery flowers will last indefinitely. The plants are easy to grow from flower seed and make excellent container plants. Helichrysum has several common names such as Strawflower, Paper Daisy, and Everlasting Daisy. Many gardeners grow Helichrysum Paper Daisy for the purpose of drying the everlasting blooms for dried arrangements, wreaths and crafts.
Helichrysum Everlasting flowers do best in full sun with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, you can use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam and sand. Strawflower plants need to be well watered and allowed to dry before watering again. During the spring and summer months, fertilize the plants monthly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. Even though this rose Paper Daisy plant is considered to be an annual, when growing in the landscape, it tends to re-seed by dropping its own flower seed on the ground. With the right conditions the Helichrysum flower seeds will germinate the following spring and new flowers will appear.
For earlier blooms, sow Strawflower seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting time. Helichrysum seeds can be directly sown outdoors once frost season has passed and temperatures are consistently warm..
- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 3 - 10
- Height: 40 inches
- Bloom Season: Spring through fall
- Bloom Color: Rose
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.6 to 7.5
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 72 - 76F
- Average Germ Time: 8 - 10 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
- Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 18 - 24 inches