Strawflower Plant Features
Strawflowers (Bracteantha) are easy-care and elegant annual plants that offer a long bloom season. At first glance, it might seem like they have a strange common name, but touch the brightly colored blooms and it becomes apparent. An excellent dried flower, the petals have a dry, papery feel. Just cut the blooms and enjoy them in DIY craft projects, such as dried-flower wreaths, swags, etc.
Strawflowers thrive in sunny garden beds and borders. The plants are tidy and
You can also enjoy strawflowers in container gardens; the plants thrive in pots, too. This makes strawflowers a fun choice for adding color to sunny decks, patios, porches, and balconies. You can grow them by themselves or combine them with other plants.
Strawflower Growing Instructions
Grow strawflowers in full sun (at least six to eight hours of direct sun per day) and well-drained soil or potting mix. Strawflowers will tolerate part shade, but they don't usually bloom as profusely, and may get a little leggy as they stretch for light. Take care not to overwater these plants; it's better to keep them a little too dry than consistently too wet. If you grow strawflowers in pots, be sure to use a quality potting mix; don't fill the pot with soil from your yard.
While strawflowers don't require fertilizer to bloom well, you will typically enjoy more flowers if you feed them regularly with a general-purpose fertilizer. Or, use a time-release fertilizer at planting time; these types of products slowly release nutrients into the soil over the course of the growing season.
Note: Strawflower is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Strawflower with these varieties:
Easy-care annual salvia as a perky, upright shape that contrasts well with strawflower.
Give strawflower a skirt of beautiful verbena for an elegant combination.
No-fuss celosia is a perfect partner for strawflower; they bloom in similar colors and like the same growing conditions.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Bracteantha 'Cottage Bronze'
Bearing interesting flowers in a fun fall shade, Cottage Bronze strawflower blooms nonstop once planted. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.
Bracteantha 'Cottage Pink'
Cottage Pink strawflower shows off soft pink flowers nonstop in summer and autumn. It grows only 12 inches tall and wide.
Bracteantha 'Cottage White'
A top performer in our Trial Garden, it holds up well to rough weather with a steady supply of blooms. Cottage White strawflower grows 12 inches tall and wide.
Bracteantha 'Cottage Yellow'
Fresh and fun, Cottage Yellow strawflower is a top performer in our Miami, Florida, Trial Garden. It grows 12 inches tall and wide.