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Care of the plant Helichrysum bracteatum or Everlasting Flower.

Care of the plant Helichrysum bracteatum or Everlasting Flower

Helichrysum bracteatum is now classified as Xerochrysum bracteatum. The genus Xerochrysum, family Asteraceae, includes 8 species of flowering plants native to Australia. Some species are: Xerochrysum bracteatum, Xerochrysum bicolor, Xerochrysum papillosum, Xerochrysum viscosum.

Common names: Golden everlasting, Strawflower, Everlasting Daisy, Everlasting Flower, Everlasting Gold, Paper Daisy.

They are perennial or annual subshrubs that reach 80 cm in height. The leaves are greyish green and lanceolate in shape. The showy flowers are papery in texture and can be yellow, orange, red, white, purple, or pink. They bloom in summer.

They are used in borders, in rockeries and in pots for balconies, windows and terraces. They are also used as cut flowers.

Xerochrysum bracteatum needs full sun exposure and a hot, dry climate. They do not resist frost.

The soil can be a normal garden soil with 1/4 coarse sand and 1/4 peat. Planting is done in early spring.

Always water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize every 15 days with mineral fertilizer from mid-spring to mid-summer.

Prune the withered flower heads to favor the appearance of more flowers.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests but sensitive to excess humidity.

They are propagated by division and by cuttings in spring or fall and from seeds sown in early spring.

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Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum bracteatum
 

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