This Australian flower is often called Acroclinium in thecatalogues, but its proper latin name is Helipterum. The strawy-petalled, Daisy-like are borne on slender , 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 fineof 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 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: Dislikesdisturbance. Sow in April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.