Helichrysum bracteatum (m.)
A versatile and textural addition to the cutting garden, strawflower can be used fresh and also dried for use in fall bouquets and wreaths. These rich ruby-red flowers have glowing gold centers and are absolutely mesmerizing. Also known as everlasting flowers, the color and shape of these papery blooms will last indefinitely when dried. Pollinators love them.
Plant type: annual
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 80-90 days
Plant spacing: 9”
Pinch: not necessary
Approx seeds per packet: 75
How to Grow:
Start seed indoors in trays 6 weeks before last frost. Seed requires light to germinate so do not cover. Bottom-water until seedlings emerge. Transplant out after all danger of frost has passed.
Pick when flowers are halfway open and before they are pollinated. Expect a vase life of 7 days. To dry, remove foliage and hang upside down in a warm, dark place until firm.
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