Learn how to grow strawflowers, with their large papery blooms, and enjoy these long lasting flowers in both their fresh and dried states.

Strawflowers are flowering plants with beautiful blooms, often grown for drying due to their longevity as everlasting flowers.

What many think are the papery petals on the strawflower flower, are actually colorful modified bracts.

Strawflower bracts come in shades of white, pink, purple, yellow, and orange. There are even bicolored strawflower varieties as well.

Common names for this papery flower include golden everlasting, strawflower, and paper daisy.

Although a hardy annual in many climates, in zones 8 to 11, the plants may grow as short-lived herbaceous perennials.

Strawflowers can be harvested and used as cut flowers, for both fresh and dried floral arrangements.

Starting strawflower seeds indoors is the recommended method of sowing, especially in cooler climates.

Plant into cell trays, and grow indoors until spring. Provide light and moisture, until the new seedlings are ready to be hardened off, before transplanting into the garden.

Direct sowing is also an option in warmer climates with longer growing seasons.

Strawflowers take approximately 75 to 85 days to grow from seed to maturity, and to develop into blooming sized plants.

See the tutorial to learn more about growing and caring for strawflowers, and the best stage to harvest!

For more information, see the tutorial!