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Strawflower, Xerochrysum bracteatum, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Strawflower, Xerochrysum bracteatum, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


When I posted this photograph in some Facebook groups, one of my Facebook friends in South Africa commented that she was not familiar with this flower. I decided to post the photograph in a blog and provide some descriptive material. You might wish to add some strawflowers to your home garden. 


Xerochrysum bracteatum, commonly known as the golden everlasting or strawflower, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae native to Australia. Described by Étienne Pierre Ventenat in 1803, it was known as Helichrysum bracteatum for many years before being transferred to a new genus Xerochrysum in 1990. It grows as a woody or herbaceous perennial or annual shrub up to a metre (3 ft) tall with green or grey leafy foliage. Golden yellow or white flower heads are produced from spring to autumn; their distinctive feature is the papery bracts that resemble petals. The species is widespread, growing in a variety of habitats across the country, from rainforest margins to deserts and subalpine areas. The golden everlasting serves as food for various larvae of lepidopterans (butterflies and moths), and adult butterflies, hoverflies, native bees, small beetles, and grasshoppers visit the flower heads.

The golden everlasting has proven very adaptable to cultivation. It was propagated and developed in Germany in the 1850s, and annual cultivars in a host of colour forms from white to bronze to purple flowers became available. Many of these are still sold in mixed seed packs. In Australia, many cultivars are perennial shrubs, which have become popular garden plants. Sturdier, long-stemmed forms are used commercially in the cut flower industry. - Wikipedia


Strawflower, Xerochrysum bracteatum, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia USA
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Photograph by Roy Kelley 
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Comment balloon 8 commentsRoy Kelley • January 22 2019 01:42AM



I love these, and I love all the colors they come in.  Wishing you a wonderful rest of the day.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

Simple color, simply beautiful, Roy!  I hope you are having a great week!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

Simplicity at it's best. What a lovely photo Roy. Can't wait for spring so I can enjoy watching what I've planted in the backyard start reaching for the sky.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 months ago

Roy, strawflower, perfect description. Debe Maxwell, CRS mentioned that she can't wait til spring so that she can she what she planted start to come up, but I am VERY excited as I planted bulbs of crocus and tulips last fall and their little heads are now pushing up through the blanket of dead leaves, starting to show green tendrils. I couldn't be more pleased! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) 10 months ago

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Good morning Roy.  I've seen these beautiful flowers but did not know they were called strawflowers.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

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