These denizens of sunny, dry sites are grown mainly for their handsome, woolly leaves.Helichrysum bracteatum
From Australia. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide, with strap-like, 2–5-in.-long, medium green leaves. Blooms from summer until frost, bearing many papery, 2 1/2-in. flowers that look like prickly pompons. Colors include yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. Known as “everlasting” because its blossoms last indefinitely when dried. Sow in place in late spring or earliest summer (at the same time as zinnias). Dwarf forms are also available.
Native to South America. Upright, open habit, 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide. Stems and narrowly ob...
These remain mild even after they ripen and change color. The group includes the big stuffing and sala...
The true species grows to 1 1/2 ft. high and 1 ft. wide, but plants sold under this name are usually m...