Strawflower ‘Frosted Sulphur’

Bracteantha bracteata

Features

  • Cut-and-come-again
  • Dryable
  • Easy to grow
  • Heat-loving
  • Pollinator-friendly

Description

A versatile and textural addition to the cutting garden, strawflower can be used both fresh and dried for use in fall bouquets and wreaths. These beauties have an opalescent quality and are the color of fresh buttermilk. Also known as everlasting flowers, the color and shape of these papery blooms will last indefinitely when dried. Pollinators love them.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 36 to 42 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 80 to 90 days
Plant spacing: 9 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 6 weeks before last frost. Transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Seed requires light to germinate, so do not cover. Bottom-water until seedlings emerge.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when the flowers are half open and before they are pollinated. Expect a vase life of 7 days or more. To dry, remove foliage and hang upside down in a warm, dark place until firm.

Details

Description

A versatile and textural addition to the cutting garden, strawflower can be used both fresh and dried for use in fall bouquets and wreaths. These beauties have an opalescent quality and are the color of fresh buttermilk. Also known as everlasting flowers, the color and shape of these papery blooms will last indefinitely when dried. Pollinators love them.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 36 to 42 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 80 to 90 days
Plant spacing: 9 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 6 weeks before last frost. Transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Seed requires light to germinate, so do not cover. Bottom-water until seedlings emerge.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when the flowers are half open and before they are pollinated. Expect a vase life of 7 days or more. To dry, remove foliage and hang upside down in a warm, dark place until firm.

Sources

How to Grow

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