Natural Distribution: Grows in the Southwest of WA
Xerochrysum bracteatum (CC-BY 4.0) Chris Clarke
Xerochrysum bracteatum (CC-BY 4.0) Reiner Richter
Xerochrysum bracteatum (CC-BY-SA 4.0) baronsamedi
Growing at a Glance
See Growing Guide for more detail
Position: Adaptable to sunny and light-shade positions
Watering: Does not need to be watered
Feeding: Fertiliser not required.
Pruning: Generally not needed.
Strawflowers is versatile, enjoying a range of positions. Suitable for denser plantings and will perform well in full sun or light shade.
Strawflowers create a stunning visual impact when planted in large groups.
Strawflowers is ideally placed at the front of your garden bed.
When to Plant and Watering
Sow seeds in Djeran (mid-Autumn) prior to the Makuru rains.
Scatter seeds onto the ground and lightly rake them into the topsoil.
A light application of vegetable-based compost mixed with the seed into the topsoil will assist growth and flowering.
A short-lived annual wildflower, Everlasting Daisies receive enough water from natural rainfall. They do not need any supplementary watering.
Strawflowers should be grouped with other waterwise, drought-hardy plants.
Feeding and Soil Care
Strawflowers don’t need fertiliser because they are adapted to grow in our local soils, which are typically low in nutrients.
Plants will benefit from adding some vegetable-based compost (avoid those with manure) into the soil at planting.
As your garden develops, practice ‘cut and drop’ when you prune your plants. The leaf and branch material that falls to the ground slowly breaks down over time, releasing nutrients to help your garden to grow.
How to Prune
Strawflowers generally don’t need pruning for shape, however by plucking the growing tip of a small plant you can increase the number of flowers produced.