Xerochrysum is a genus of 8 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Australia. There are both annual and perennial varieties available.
Xerochrysum produces showy, papery-like bracts (often mistakenly called petals) in a variety of colors. The individual flowers are tiny and formed into a large cluster surrounded by beautiful bracts. The plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
The genus name is derived from the Greek words “xeros”, which means “dry” and “chrysos”, meaning “gold”, in reference to the dry golden bracts.
The common name “Strawflower” comes from the straw-like texture of the bracts.
Xerochrysum represents immortality.
Interesting facts about Xerochrysum:
Strawflower (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Xerochrysum bracteatum, also known as Golden Everlasting or Strawflower, is one of the most popular everlasting dried flowers. It is often dried for winter decoration.
Everlasting flowers are flowers that retain their form, shape and color when dried, offering their beauty beyond the experience of one growing season, after the other flowers have faded and died.
Xerochrysum or Helichrysum?
Xerochrysum species were formerly included in the genus Helichrysum, and later transferred to the genus Bracteantha.
Today they are eight plant species that belong to the genus Xerochrysum.
Xerochrysum bracts come in shades of yellow, orange, purple, pink and red. The tiny individual flowers are usually yellow in color.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
Xerochrysum grows 20 to 150 cm (8 inches to 5 ft) tall, depending on species.
Xerochrysum prefers soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.5, but the plant grows in nearly any well-drained soil.