Common Immortelle XERANTHEMUM

The Common Immortelle grows wild in Southern Europe and the Near East -in Britain it is a garden plant grown for its ‘everlasting’ flowers. The petals of the Daisy-like blooms are strawy and crisp with an outstanding reputation for keeping their colour after drying. Support the plants with small twigs. The blooms appear in midsummer on the top of wiry stems.

VARIETIES: The wild X. annuum is purple, but mixtures of varieties are available for garden use. Planting such a mixture produces single, semi-double and double blooms in white, pink, purple and lilac. It is prepared for indoor decoration by cutting just before the (lowers are fully open. Tie the stems in bunches and hang upside down in a cool place away from sunlight.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – full sun is essential.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 2 ft.

Spacing: 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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