HELICHRYSUM bracteatum (Strawflower, Tall Mixed) is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It is prized for its unique and long-lasting papery flowers that retain their vibrant color and shape even when dried. The "Tall Mixed" variety is a taller cultivar that produces a mix of colorful flowers.
Tall Mixed Strawflower is a tall, herbaceous annual that typically grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) or even taller. It has sturdy, upright stems and narrow, needle-like leaves that are gray-green in color. The plant produces numerous flower heads at the top of each stem.
The flowers of Tall Mixed Strawflower are the main attraction. Each flower head is composed of tightly packed, papery bracts that form a colorful, daisy-like structure. The bracts come in a mix of vibrant colors, including shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. The true flowers are small and inconspicuous, nestled within the bracts. Strawflower blooms throughout the summer and early fall. While Strawflower is not known for being highly attractive to pollinators, the dried flower heads can provide shelter and nesting material for small insects and birds.
One of the unique features of Strawflower is its ability to retain its color and shape even after drying. The papery bracts can be harvested and used in dried flower arrangements, wreaths, and crafts, maintaining their vibrant appearance for an extended period.
Helichrysum bracteatum 'Tall Mixed' prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Strawflower is drought-tolerant and does not require excessive watering once established. It is suitable for growing in flower beds, borders, or as part of a cut flower garden.
Strawflower is generally low-maintenance. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote prolonged blooming and prevent self-seeding if desired. The dried flower heads can be collected for decorative purposes. Regular pruning can help maintain a neat and tidy appearance.
Tall Mixed Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum 'Tall Mixed') is a stunning plant known for its tall stature and long-lasting, colorful flowers that retain their vibrancy even when dried. Whether grown for fresh flower arrangements or for their ornamental value in dried flower crafts, Tall Mixed Strawflower can add a touch of unique beauty and texture to gardens, flower beds, and floral displays.
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Scientific Name: Helichrysum bracteatum
Common Name: Strawflower
Plant Type: Annual, Tender Perennial
Family: Daisy Family
Native Range: Australia
Growth Height: 24-36"
Spread: 6 "
Exposure: Full sun
Germination Ease: No stratification
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Butterflies and Hummingbirds, Lady bugs and bumblebees
Flower Color: Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink or White
Characteristics: Cut Flowers, Showy, Dried
Resistant: Drought, Deer
Water Requirement: Low water
Soil Type: Wet and soggy soil
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline and Neutral
Uses: Beds and Borders, Cutting Gardens, Informal and cottage