Straw Flowers

History & Origin

Native to Australia. Strawflowers were used by the Egyptians to decorate the statues of their gods. Greeks used strawflowers mixed with honey to soothe burns. In the Victorian era strawflowers were used to make fireplace screens. They were also used instead of houseplants to decorate their living rooms.

When to Plant

Start seed indoors in March. Plant strawflowers outdoors after all danger of frost is past.

How to Plant

Plant in full sun. Space plants 12 inches apart.

Special Care

Harvest the flowers with six to twelve inches of stem for drying before their yellow centers are visible. Take off all the leaves. Wrap the stems with a rubberband. Hang the flowers upside down in a dry, airy, shaded place. They will take two to three weeks to dry. Strawflowers will grow three feet tall. Flowers come in red, yellow, orange, pink, white or purple colors.
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