Golden Everlasting Daisy (Xerochrysum bracteatum)

Ben Shaw

Katoomba, Australia

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Family: Asteraceae
Distribution: Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories.
Common Name: Golden Everlasting Daisy
Derivation of Name: Xerochrysum….from Greek xeros, dry and chrysos, golden, possibly referring to the dry, papery bracts which are golden-yellow in many species
bracteatum…from Latin bracteatus, bearing bracts.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

General Description:
Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.

X.bracteatum, the “Golden Everlasting”, is one of the best known of the “paper daisies” as it is a very widespread species occurring in both annual and perennial forms. It varies in habit from prostrate to a shrubby plant of about 1m in height. The leaves are usually large (up to 100mm long) and green to grey-green in colour. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single “flower” with the bracts as the “petals”. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.The golden everlasting has been cultivated for many years and a number of forms have been selected for cultivation. These include several which have resulted from both chance and deliberate hybridisation.

Ref: Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)

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