Helichrysum bracteatum 'Sun Falls'
|This group includes perennial low shrubs and plants grown for their leaves and used in bedding, containers and borders. The annuals, such as the commonly planted Strawflower, are mainstays for dried arrangements. Both are excellent for hot, sunny locations, as they need little water once established and require good drainage. Strawflower blooms look like small, brightly-colored Sunflowers. Use standard, tall varieties in cutting gardens, as they tend to be leggy and are not good-looking garden plants. Dwarf varieties, 10 to 12 inches high, bloom in many colors including red, pink, yellow and white. Start Strawflowers from seed sown in the ground, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. For dried arrangements, harvest when flowers are fully open, then hang upside down in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Varieties of this Australian native come in seed mixes with flowers ranging from bright hot colors to soft pastels.
Attributes - Helichrysum bracteatum 'Sun Falls'
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow
Height: 10 in. to 1 ft.
Width: 1 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
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