HELICHRYSUM Everlasting Flower

Helichrysum ecklonis English: Ecklon's Everlas...

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The usual place to find Helichrysum is in the flower bed – the well-known H. bracteatum is an annual grown for its colourful ‘everlasting’ flowers which are cut and dried for winter decoration. This half hardy annual has a dwarf perennial relative which can be used to provide ground cover in the rockery.

VARIETIES: The species you are most likely to be offered is H.bellidioides – height 3 in., spread 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: June-August. It forms a mat of small leaves which are green above and pale grey below. This spreading mat can be invasive and should be kept in check if delicate specimens are growing nearby. In summer the characteristic strawy-petalled flowers appear on short stalks. Unlike its colourful cousin in the flower bed, white is the only colour.

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

PROPAGATION: Plant cuttings in a cold frame or divide clumps in summer.

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