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A good return to fashion as a cut flower and used fresh with nigellas and cosmos. Also beautiful as an all-winter dried arrangement in a great cloud on their own, or hung as a bunch to decorate hooks or rails. That’s the key with dried flowers — do them big and do them bold.

Genus Helichrysum
Group/Species bracteatum
Variety White
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Strawflower, Paper Daisy, Everlasting Flower
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors in early spring, sprinkle seed thinly onto trays of compost and keep moist until seedlings emerge (within 1-2 weeks). Transplant into individual pots and move to a cooler position before planting out after the last frosts. May also be sown direct.
Care Tips Feed monthly with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Pick regularly or remove spent flowers to encourage further blooming. Collect the seed in autumn and discard the plants.
Flowering July - September
Vase Life For drying, see below. For using fresh, strip the bottom leaves and sear stem ends in boiling water for 10 seconds. Ideally harvest the day before arranging, giving them a night in water, cool and dark.
Harvesting When cut young and dried, the open flowers and stalks preserve both colour and shape indefinitely. Harvest when the flowers are only partially open, (when 2 to 3 layers of petals have opened), they continue to open as they dry. Immediately, hang the flowers by the stem upside down in small bunches, in a dry, dark, open, airy place (the colour tends to fade if they are dried in the light).
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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