The name strawflower doesn’t do much to excite the flower gardener, (images of something withered and tan come to mind), but the real strawflower blossom will bring vivid colors to your landscape and craft projects alike.
This mix has long lasting, papery flowers, in shades of peach and apricot, and are magnets for pollinators. Lovely flower heads are produced from spring to autumn; their distinctive papery bracts resemble petals. The everlasting serves as food for various larvae of lepidopterans, and adult butterflies, hoverflies, native bees, small beetles, and grasshoppers.
Strawflowers are members of the daisy family and growing conditions are similar; well-suited for the sunniest spot in your garden, heat tolerant, well-drained soil and don’t require rich soil.
How to Plant Strawflowers
Start strawflowers from seed about 6-8weeks prior to the last frost. Press seeds lightly into the soil, but don’t cover them, as light hastens germination. Harden your transplants and place them in the garden after night temperatures reach about 16C. Alternatively, sow the seeds directly in the garden. Mother Nature will tell the seeds when to germinate. Strawflowers require excellent air circulation to prevent mildew and other moisture-related diseases.
Harvest flowers for drying when partially opened, when 2-3 layers of petals have unfolded but flower is not fully open, as they will continue to open after picking. Collect the flowers in the evening, when they are free of dew. The best way to use strawflowers in crafts is to remove the stems at harvest, and use wires in their place. Strawflowers also look attractive as potpourri additions. The flowers feature excellent shape and color retention, even without a glycerin preservative.
Deadhead spent flowers to extend flowering period.
100 (approx.)seeds, annual, (90-100cm)tall, 75-85 days