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How to Grow and Care for Strawflowers and Paper Daisy Plants
The Strawflower is a flower with many names. It is also known as a Paper Daisy or an Everlasting Daisy.
Botanically it is called Bracteantha bracteata or Helichrysum bracteatum.
Growing Requirements for Strawflower Plants
Strawflowers and Paper Daisies are generally considered to be annual plants, but are actually short lived perennials in USDA zones 10-11.
Strawflowers are native to the Australian Outback where they grow to a height of 2-3 feet with a 24 inch spread.
Strawflowers need moist, but well drained soil.
They should be grown in full sun or partial shade and fed monthly with a low phosphorus fertilizer (low second analysis number).
Strawflowers are great for cut or dried flowers (pinch off the side shoots to encourage larger blooms). For dried flower arrangements, Strawflowers should be cut just as they begin to open, then dried head down, hanging by the stem in a dry, shaded area for a couple of weeks.