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A modified leaf associated with flowers, fruits and cones.
Bracts usually protect buds or are modified to look like petals.
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Straw flower

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Family Asteraceae
Name Helichrysum bracteatum
Common Names Straw flower, Paper flower, Everlasting daisy
Featured Plant April 2005
Etymology
Helichrysum From Greek helios meaning sun, and Latin chryseus meaning golden.
bracteatum From bract (Latinised).

  See also:  Composite Flowers

Straw flower is popular for dried flower arrangements, but is also worth a place in the garden. It flowers mainly in the Summer but as the flowers last for a long time, the plant seems to be always in bloom. In warmer areas, the plant even keeps its flowers through Winter, providing a handy splash of colour in an otherwise drab season.

The flowers are available in a wide range of colours, from white to pink, red, yellow, orange and all the colours in between. Straw flower is so named because its petals are dry and hard. Wetting (from rain) causes them to close temporarily until the Sun dries them out again. For drying, cut the flower buds just as they start to open, then hang up side down in a cool dark place for the stems to dry out.

Usually grown as an annual, it is actually a short lived perennial in warmer areas.



Pink

Pink opening

Pink

Pink

Pink

Dark Pink

Dark Pink

Orange

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Brown Bud

White

White / Cream

Orange

Red

When the flower gets wet, it closes into a ball, but will open again once it is dry.

Red Group

Pink Group

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