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Xerochrysum bracteatum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Xerochrysum (zer-oh-KRIS-um) (Info)
Species: bracteatum (brak-tee-AY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Bracteantha bracteata
Synonym:Helichrysum bracteatum
Synonym:Elichrysum bracteatum
Synonym:Helichrysum monstrosum
Synonym:Xeranthemum bracteatum

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CrabgrassCentrl On May 15, 2010, CrabgrassCentrl from New Milford, CT wrote:

Can't kill 'em, self-seeds prolifically. They work well for me in places that are too hot & sunny for most other flowers. And mine get as tall as 4 feet.

Positive kcarscad On Oct 20, 2009, kcarscad from Ottawa
Canada wrote:

I grew strawflowers for the first time this summer ... i had the best luck not burying the seed in the soil but sprinkling the seed on top of the soil. The strawflowers grew about 4-5 feet tall. I only planted 3 plants and could not believe all the flowers it produced!!

I am going to try to collect the seeds from the plants so I can plant these again next year.

Positive smiln32 On Jun 27, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew these from seed under lights during the winter and then planted them out in the garden. They're wonderful and are a delight to show to children and folks who are unaware of their texture. :)

Positive mgstuff On Sep 4, 2003, mgstuff from Baltimore, MD wrote:

This plant is absolutely lovely in my garden; it's well over the height listed in the profile. I have noticed that on cloudy days it doesn't open. Deadheading has kept it blooming for months.

Positive berrygirl On Aug 25, 2003, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew Helichrysum bracteatum for the first time this year and I love them, even though only a few of the transplants survived. They're cascading happily over my hot cement driveway. I can only imagine how it would look if I had more of them in this bed. Even with only two or three plants, they're quite lovely and full-looking. I will definitely grow these again - since they reseed I hope they take over!!!

Positive FastFredi On Jul 22, 2003, FastFredi from RR 5 Clinton, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grow these every year in Zone 5b, Ontario (Canada), but I start them indoors 2 to 4 weeks before last frost to get earlier blooms. My plants grow to 4 to 6 feet tall in my garden.

Positive Melva On Jun 17, 2002, Melva wrote:

I planted these in direct sun in wooden barrel and they grew beautifully.

Neutral killerdaisy On Aug 8, 2001, killerdaisy from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Half-hardy, warm-season annual in zones 2-11. Aster yellows virus and aphids may cause a problem.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lanett, Alabama
Anchor Point, Alaska
Laguna Niguel, California
San Jose, California
Golden, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
New Milford, Connecticut
Fountain, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Zachary, Louisiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Dowagiac, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Glen Head, New York
Greene, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Millersville, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Houston, Texas
Rockdale, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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