Xerochrysum bracteatum

Golden Everlasting, Paper Daisy, Straw Flower

Erect, branched annual or perennial herb with hairy stems and leaves.

Additional information

  • SynonymHelichrysum bracteatum, Bracteantha bracteata
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1.2 m x 0.6 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSoft elliptic mid green leaves 3-12 cm x 0.3-3 cm, tip pointed.
  • Flower colourShiny bright yellow
  • Flowering timeMost of the year, especially spring to autumn
  • FlowersTerminal, branched, few- to many- flowered cluster of daisy flowerheads 1-5.5 cm wide. Ray florets stiff, bracts at base of flowerhead golden-yellow.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry well drained soil in eucalypt forest, especially after soil disturbance. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useSpectacular daisy for most well drained garden situations, especially cottage gardens and rockeries. Pruning from an early stage induces early branching and may prolong life. Many non-local forms available commercially.
  • Commercially availableGenerally. Plants in general nurseries rarely local.
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from a few local sites.
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