Winged Everlasting (Organic)
Ammobium alatum. 60 days. Perennial in zones 9-10.
Perhaps one of the best and most well known dried flowers, Winged Everlasting (aka, Ammobium), is also a good filler in fresh arrangements. Tiny white strawflower like blossoms sit atop sturdy stems, and can be cut before they fully open for all white flowers, or after they open and yellow centers appear. An abundance of stems that average 6-12 flowers make these small plants very high yielding. Native to Australia and in the seed trade since at least the 1880s.
Sow shallowly indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. May also be direct sown after danger of frost has passed. Thin or transplant to 9″ centers. Germinates in 7 days at 70˚F. Prefers well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Usually grown as an annual.
Collect seeds from flower heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand, winnow and screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.