Everlasting Flower ACROCLINIUM

This Australian flower is often called Acroclinium in the seed catalogues, but its proper latin name is Helipterum. The strawy-petalled, Daisy-like flowers are borne on slender stems, and they belong to a group of ‘everlasting’ flowers which can be cut and dried for winter decoration. The blooms may be single, semi-double or double.

VARIETIES: You will usually find Acroclinium offered as ‘Large-flowered Mixed’ – such seed packets contain A. roseum grandiflorum and will provide a fine display of white and rose-pink flowers. Other species are less common – A. hum bold-tianum (yellow), A. roseum (rose) and A. manglesii (white and red). Cut stems for drying before flowers are fully open.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do-thrives best in full sun.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 15 in.

Spacing: 6 in.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Dislikes root disturbance. Sow seeds in April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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