Everlasting Sunshine

You many know this flower as Bracteantha bracteata, Helichrysum bracteatum, Xerochrysum bracteatum or even Everlasting Strawflower.  Yes I’m afraid its one of those.  At present, and things may change in the next 5 minutes, its name is Xerochrysum bracteatum which derives from the Greek xeros meaning dry and chyros meaning golden, bracteatus means bracts, so put it all together and we get dry golden bracts.  Just like it says on the tin.  It is an annual or short-lived perennial and the cultivated forms come in a wide variety of both size and colour which are easily grown from seed.  As you can see it is still flowering abundantly in the garden in mid November, standing tall in the most exposed of positions.   A member of the Asteraceae family, it is an Australian native in where it is widely grown as a perennial.  It is of course most famous for the production of long lasting dried flowers. If cut whilst still partially open and hung upside down in a dark, dry and airy place for a few weeks it will result in dried flowers to brighten the house on the most dismal of winter’s days.  Reminding us of good things past and yet to come.


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