(Xerochrysum bracteatum var. ‘Strawflower’)
Strawflower is a tender perennial flower that is native to Australia but can be commonly found growing in the northeastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2-3' and features 5” lance-shaped grayish-green leaves and 1-3” daisy-like flowers that have a yellow center disks which are surrounded by orange, red, yellow, pink, or white bracts. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and ladybugs, tolerates drought, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Also Known As: Paper Daisy, Golden Everlasting
Native to: New Guinea, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.
Introduced into: Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Bolivia, Canary Is., Colombia, Connecticut, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Himalaya, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jawa, Korea, Krym, Laos, Leeward Is., Madeira, Massachusetts, Mexico Southeast, Panamá, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam.
Grown as: Annual/Tender Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): June to frost
Light: Full Sun
Water: Low to Medium
Soil Moisture: Dry to medium, well-drained
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts an array of beneficial insects such as butterflies, bumblebees, hummingbirds, and even ladybugs.
Sow Depth: 1/16"
USDA Zone: Annual: 2-7
Produces: 5” lance-shaped grayish-green leaves and 1-3” daisy-like flowers that have a yellow center disks which are surrounded by orange, red, yellow, pink, or white bracts.
Garden Uses: Borders. Containers, and are excellent in cutting gardens for both fresh cut and dried flowers.
Seed Viability: 2-3 years
Thyme: Common (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme: Creeping (Thymus serpyllum)
This plant is widely known as an herb. Thyme is the source of the oil Serpolet, which is used in herbal medicine. The plant is also often used as a food seasoning and the dried leaves may be used to make tea! This low growing plant with creeping, woody foliage bears small, lavender colored flower during the months of June and July. The hardy plant tolerates some pedestrian traffic and produces odors ranging from heavily herbal to lightly lemon, depending on the plant!