Strawflower, Monstrosum Mix (Organic)
Xerochrysum bracteatum. 75-85 days.
Strawflowers are one of the best everlasting flowers. They are easy to grow, produce loads of blossoms sometimes even after frost, have strong stems, and are tolerant of low fertility and dry growing conditions. Monstrosum Mix is a lovely rainbow of colors including white, orange, yellow, and several shades of pinks and reds, but our favorites are the orangey-yellow ones that are almost like looking into a flame. For best dried flower results, harvest before the double, 2” blooms are fully opened. Carri Heisler of Pitchfork & Crow, who introduced us to this variety, says, “I love them … and smile every time I see them.” So do we, and we think you will too! Aka, Helichrysum.
Surface sow after danger of frost or sow indoors for transplant starting 6 weeks before last frost. Thin or transplant starts to 12” centers. Prefers 60 – 70˚F soil temperature for germination in 7 – 10 days. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Annual.
Collect seeds from flowers that are fully dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/2 mile.