What are the pros? Grows in hot and dry places
What are the cons? Taller varieties hate wind
We have yellow strawflowers growing in the paddocks around our farm. Locally, the native yellow variety grow well in cracks between rocks and dry rough pastures. They pop up on their own without a problem.
Having Christmas in Summer in Australia, it isn't unusual to go for a walk through the paddocks collecting the flowers for drying. My wife's wedding bouquet was primarily made from the dried flowers of the tall mixed variety and the local yellow. After 20 years the bouquet is still in one piece and has held their colour.
The seed for the coloured varieties are just as easy to grow. Choose a dry, full sun and hot position. Scatter the seed, give it a good water. Wait a week and water again. Ignore them from then on and they should grow on their own and flower.
If you live in a windy area, choose the Tom Thumb variety. The Tall Mixed are good for background colour. Either way, don't crowd them in a mixed garden as they don't handle the canopy nature of other plants.
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