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Strawflower, siempreviva

Xerochrysum bracteatum

Description:

Flowering plant in the family Asteraceae native to Australia. It grows as a woody or herbaceous perennial or annual shrub up to a metre 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.

Habitat:

Backyard garden

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jeannette
Jeannette 7 years ago
Strawflower
Xerochrysum bracteatum Xerochrysum bracteatum


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1 Comment

arlanda
arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Jeanette for the ID

arlanda
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arlanda

O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Sep 25, 2012

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