Bracteantha bracteata – Everlasting Daisy
Bracteantha, strawflower, paper daisy or everlasting, whatever common name is used Bracteantha are popular both in the garden and as a dried flower.
Bracteantha bracteata are found from tropical Queensland right across to coastal Western Australia and are a varied species in terms of both growth habit and required conditions. B. bracteata are often referred to as ‘Golden Everlasting’ or ‘Strawflowers’.
B. bracteata have at various times been called either Helichrysum bracteata or Xerochrysum bracteata, they have been extensively hybridised both in Australia and overseas, so a little confusion exists regarding names.
One of the earliest of all Australian plants to be hybridised they have been grown in Europe since the mid 1800s. Widely used for the long flowering period from early spring right through to autumn both perennial and annual varieties are available. Again they are a varied group with plants ranging from low growing mat forming types to small bushes.
Propagation is from seed, or from cuttings. Although all varieties require a well drained soil and full sun, some do seem to cope well with light dappled shade.
Generally a humus rich well drained soil will do nicely. Although they are regarded as drought tolerant, in hot dry conditions they will begin to wilt a little, so some extra water in these times is required to keep most species looking good.
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