Strawflower Seed Pack
Those who think of flowers as soft and tender things are in for a surprise when they plant Strawflower. As its name suggests, its blooms are straw-like: crisp, papery, and sturdy. These are not botanical petals but are bracts, special leaves that draw in pollinators and stay colorful for years if stored somewhere dry (hence the flower’s alias, “Everlasting”). Bring the colors of summer into your home to keep your gardening dreams alive all winter with these showy, festive blooms.
-Direct sow after last frost, or sow indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost and then transplant after last frost. Strawflower enjoy full sun and tolerate poor, dry soil. Plants can reach heights of 3'. Cut often to promote bud formation. Dry flowers by cutting stems and hanging them upside down in small clusters.
-Days to germination: 7-10 days. Days to maturity: 85 days from transplant.
Artwork by Natalie Wargin. This digital design depicts one decorative way of drying these everlasting flowers: by hanging them upside down in a bundle, tied by a pretty red ribbon.