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Other names: Strawflower
Characteristics: Perennial or annual 30-80 cm
Seed per packet: 50
Occurring in every Australian state and territory this perennial is often grown as an annual and can vary in habit from prostrate to a shrubby plant of about 1 m 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 giving the impression of one large flower. Quick growing.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought tolerant and moderately frost resistant.