Bracteantha – Strawflower

Annuals

Summary

Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried arrangements.

Description

These easy-care Australian natives will carry the summer garden into autumn with no fuss at all. Long lasting, papery blooms in warm hues make Strawflower an excellent addition to hot, sunny plantings.

Varieties

Cottage Rose, Cottage Yellow, Cottage Ice


Details

Seasons:
Colors
  • Rose
  • White
  • Yellow
Habits
  • Mounding
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun
Moisture

N/A

Height:

8 - 18 in

Spread:

9 - 12 in

Temperature:

20 - 40 F

Uses
  • Baskets
  • Containers
Features
  • Hanging Basket
  • Heat Tolerant
Sub-Categories
  • Annual
Watering

New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks. After that, depending on the weather and soil type, watering can be adjusted to every two or three days. Clay soils hold moisture longer than sandy soils, so expect to water more frequently in sandy settings.


Different plants have different water needs. Some plants prefer staying on the dry side, others like to be consistently moist. Refer to the plant label to check a plant’s specific requirements.


Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.


To check for soil moisture use your finger or a small trowel to dig in and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water.

Pruning

Prune plants freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Pinching plants back stimulates dense, bushy new growth and encourages more flowers. Remove old flowers to keep plant looking healthy and prevent seed production that drains the plant’s energy at the expense of forming new flowers. Some plants are grown only for their attractive foliage (such as coleus, dusty miller and flowering kale). Their flowers are not very showy and any buds should be pinched off to keep the foliage looking its best.


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