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Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Moderate

Helichrysum bracteatum

Strawflower
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals

HELICHRYSUM

The best known species in this genus is Helichrysum bracteatum, the annual strawflower used in fresh and dry arrangements. Most of the species of this genera, though less familiar, are choice plants for landscape use.

Helichrysum bracteatum

From Australia. Grows 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide, with strap-like, 2- to 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 same time as zinnias). Dwarf forms are also available.

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