Strawflower, Scarlet (Organic)
Xerochrysum bracteatum. 80 days.
Lovely red with a touch of gold, these everlastings are great for bouquets, wreaths, garlands, and many other creative uses. We have even been known to use them as festive packing peanuts for gifts! Blossoms grow to 2″ across and occasionally form in clusters, blooming right up until frost or even later. Plants grow to 5′ tall and 3′ wide. For best results as an everlasting, be sure to harvest before flowers have fully opened, dry well, and store in a dry, low-humidity place. May self sow. 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.