Xerochrysum bracteatum, the "Golden Everlasting", is one of the best known of the "paper daisies". It is a very widespread species occurring in both annual and perennial forms. It varies in habit from prostrate to a shrubby plant of about 1m in height. The leaves are usually large (up to 100mm long) and green to grey
-green in colour. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single "flower" with the bracts as the "petals". However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.
Xerochrysum bracteatum - white
A white-flowered form of Xerochrysum bracteatum
Photo: Australian Daisy Study Group
The golden everlasting has been cultivated for many years and a number of forms have been selected for cultivation. These include several which have resulted from both chance and deliberate hybridisation.
Flowering start in September and ends in August.
The main flower colour is yellow.
Created: 08 Jan 2015 - Member - Stephen L (Clare SA)
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