How To Grow and Save Seed Of Strawflower


Latin name Bracteantha bracteatum is a perennial member of the aster family. The papery flowers make this colorful plant a perfect everlasting for dried arrangements.


 

HISTORY

Native to Australia, where it is adapted to a wide range of habitats, from sub-alpine areas to rainforest margins and deserts. After its introduction to Germany in the 1800s, it was found to be widely adaptable there as well. 

USES

  • Ornamental
  • Beds, borders, containers, cottage garden, cutting garden, everlasting dried flower, flower crowns, pollinator garden
  • Visited by butterflies, bees, and a range of other pollinating insects

 

 


 

  • Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
  • Sow seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost and transplant outdoors after last frost, or direct seed after last frost has passed.
  • Surface sow seeds and gently press into soil, as seeds require light for germination.
  • Ideal germination temperature 70-75 F.

 

  • Prefers full sun.
  • Plants are indifferent to soil fertility, but they require it to be well drained.
  • Space plants 10-12 inches apart.
  • Pinch young plants at growing point to encourge branching.
  • Keep deadheaded to encourage continued blooming.

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Susceptible to downy mildew. Keep foliage dry and promote good air circulation to prevent this issue.

 

  • Seeds are very light, and the wind will easily take them from dried seedheads.
  • To save seeds, allow the flowerhead containing the seeds to completely mature and dry on the plant, then clip it off and place in a container.
  • Working over the top of another clean, opened container, rub the flowerheads to separate the seeds.
  • Store over winter in a cool, dark, dry place.