Helichrysum-Everlasting Strawflower

Helichrysum bracteatum, better known as Strawflower is native to Australia, where it grows as wildflower. It is one of the so called everlasting flowers, a special group of annuals that can be air-dried without losing their color or form.
Strawflowers, with their beautiful colored blooms, are a lovely addition to any garden.
Helichrysum bracteatum-macro photographyHelichrysum bears double daisy-shaped flowerheads which debut during late spring and last through early fall, can even survive light frosts.
The flowers come in a wide range of colors: white, yellow, pink, crimson, and bronze.
The papery petals of strawflowers are in fact modified leaves, called bracts, with a straw-like, crackly texture, which surround the central corolla.
Helichrysum-Strawflower macroEspecially beautiful is the pompom-like flowerhead of the double flowered cultivars, used in dried floral arrangements and house-hold decorations.

The papery bracts dry beautifully without losing their color or shape, and they last for years.
Purple Helichrysum-Strawflower macroCut the flowers for drying when blooms are at least 3/4 open, before the yellow centers are visible.
Air dry them upside down in a warm dark area to preserve their color.

Low growing cultivars are perfect for edging and in patio containers, while the taller and bushier ones go nicely in mixed borders and in the cut flower garden.

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Janie said...

Nice photos of a lovely flower. I love the colors, especially the soft peach in the first photo.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful display of flowers.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Tara said...

What a unique flower the color bursts are just magnificent.

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Joanne Olivieri said...

These are gorgeous especially that red one. Fantastic photos and such rich colors.

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

Years ago I used to grow these from seed - everytime I walk past my neighbours garden I see them in flower just now and think back to the wonderful blooms I used to have - I've no room in my garden for them but your photos are lovely Maia.

Kim, USA said...

Oh wow it looks like Daisies but it's not. Very elegant!
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Jan n Jer said...

Fabulous flowers...so colorful. Great shots

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! These are gorgeous colours! My strawflowers turned out to be all yellow this year, (Yes I am jealous.)

Maude Lynn said...

These are gorgeous!

NatureFootstep said...

well, I wish I had a garden. :)

Laura said...

These are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful details of these strawflowers. I don't think I've ever seen them captured so nicely before.

DoanLegacy said...

Incredibly beautiful photos! I have seen them before, but never could find the name. Thanks for sharing this info!

Jama said...

Stunning flowers! I remembered my mom used to have the dried strawflower at home, she told me someone brought it from Australia for her.

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