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Helichrysum bracteatum, commonly known as the Strawflower or Paper Daisy, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Australia. Strawflower is an upright, warm-weather annual or short lived perennial with daisy-like flowerheads in yellow, pink, bronze, cream, purple or white. Strawflower has thin, lance shaped, grayish green leaves up to 5 in (12.7 cm) long, and sandpapery, hollow, branching stems that may reach 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) in height. From late spring until fall, strawflower bears flowerheads about 2 in (5.1 cm) across singly or in few-flowered clusters on the ends of the branches. What look like ray flowers or petals are actually bracts (modified leaves) surrounding the central corolla. The bracts are papery with a straw-like, crackly texture, hence the common name. The corolla is like the disc of more typical daisies, composed of many tiny florets. There are no ray florets at all.

The wild form of strawflower has golden-yellow bracts and a yellow or brownish corolla within, but gardeners have developed strains with many other colors. ‘Dargon Hill Monarch’ has golden-yellow flowerheads to 3 in (7.6 cm) across. It and ‘Diamond Head’ are shrubby and perennial in mild winter areas. The Monstrosum Series are annuals with double flowers in red, orange, pink or white. They get about 3 ft (0.9 m) tall. The Bright Bikinis Series of annuals also have 3 in (7.6 cm) double flowers but are dwarf, reaching only about a foot in height. There are many other cultivars in the trade, some of which may prove, upon further study, to be distinct species.

Strawflower is the everlasting flower of choice for dried floral arrangements. The papery bracts dry beautifully without losing their color or shape, and they last indefinitely. The pompom-like bracts of the double flowered cultivars are especially desirable in arrangements. To grow for cut or dried flowers, pinch off side shoots to encourage larger (but fewer) blooms. Cut stems just as flowerheads begin to open and hang upside-down in a warm airy place to dry.

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  • jujubean
    jujubeanover 4 years ago

    your back!! Its been very dead around here. got your card today. Thank-U! A wonderful shot you did here. :O)

  • Hey Juju! School is out for the Christmas break, so maybe I will have a bit more time to get some shots and see some new works on the bubble. I missed you and everyone. Glad to be back! Got your card the other day. Thank you and Merry Christmas! :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoover 4 years ago

    Hey lady— good to see you, have a great holiday. Love the strawflower.

  • Merry Christmas Anne! Thank you so much and for the favoring as well. Still not back up to speed, but maybe soon! :) Hugzzz

    – Donna Adamski

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 4 years ago

    Beautifully taken Donna. The reflection of the light is great.

  • Thanks so much my friend…so glad you like it :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 4 years ago

    Helloooo Youuu……..Lovely to see your wee face again MWJ………Brilliant Image Dobna…….xxx
    Miss you tons……….xxx

  • Dobreena, my QF! I am sorta back, at least a bit more than I have been lately. Glad to see yir wee face….miss you, too. Lots of love from yir WJ :) xxxxxx

    – Donna Adamski

  • PhotosByLeila
    PhotosByLeilaover 4 years ago

    Such a bright splash of color! nice work!

  • Thanks so much Leila…appreciate it :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 4 years ago

    Love strawflowers, this is a great image, wish I had some! dee

  • Hi Dee and Merry Christmas! I can save you some seeds! LOL Thanks sweetie :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    A real beauty Donna. Well done…Hugs…Tom

  • Thanks so much Tom. Wednesday morning at McD’s? Or meet you at DJ Wilcox or the eagle nest, your call!! Weather should be good. :) Hugzzz

    – Donna Adamski

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done macro…gorgeous color, isn’t it…

  • Thanks so much Ginger….much appreciated :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    Wow Donna this is beautiful ! Love the color, and its very interesting never seen one of these!

  • Thanks so much Karen. They usually sell them in the fall and winter around here. :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 4 years ago

    Glad to see you posting new pics again Donna. Great capture of this pair, particularly the front being sharp and the rear soft…effective image. Hugzzz, Ron

  • Got a few to post again!! Thank you for your support Ron :) Hugzzz

    – Donna Adamski

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