Free flowering Australian daisies include Xerochrysum bracteatum which is commonly called the ‘Golden Everlasting Daisy’. However this is a plant that comes in a number of forms including a white flowering form (see picture right).
And just to confuse things a little more, both annual and perennial forms are also available.
In Europe these are known as ‘straw flowers’ in Australia, ‘Everlasting, or Paper Daisies’ . Flowering time is from spring right through until winter and this long flowering nature makes them a valuable landscaping plant.
Xerochrysum bracteatum is great for attracting butterfly’s and bees and also makes a good dried flower as well, fairly easy to grow in a well drained soil.
Drought tolerant and disease resistant, a great Australian plant that is also widely used for cut flowers. The flowers are dried and a are very long lasting.
Xerochrysum bracteatum Varieties
- Xerochrysum bracteum Lemon Princess is a yellow flowering cultivar,
- Xerochrysum bracteum ‘White Monarch’ is a paper white cultivar. (Pictured Right)
- Xerochrysum bracteum ‘Dargan Hill Monarch’, good yellow flowers with a golden centre on a bush that will reach around 1m in height. Way back in 2011 this plant was featured in the Chelsea Garden Show.
Both annual and perennial forms require a sunny position in a well drained soil.
Regular pruning seems to improve flowering, it also improves longevity of the plant. Start by removing spent flower heads, it will not only prolong the life of e bush but also encourage a more bushy habit with more flowers.
Plants are best replaced after 4-5 years.
Propagation of plants is fairly easy from seeds or cuttings, but remember that cultivars will not come true from seed.
- Xerochrysum subundulatum is the ‘Alpine Everlasting Daisy’
- Xerochrysum viscosum the ‘ Sticky Everlasting Daisy’