Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Annuals
Blazing Hot Strawflower
by Susan Littlefield
When summer weather gets hot, turn up the heat even more -- visually that is -- with Sundaze® Blaze Strawflower. This hybrid Bracteantha, new this year from Proven Winners, will set a flower bed or container ablaze with bright color. The orange flowers with their papery petals and bright yellow centers keep coming all summer long, even in the hottest weather.
Early to come into flower, this long-blooming annual (or short-lived perennial in the warmest areas) will continue to be colorful until hard frost. Growing about 10-14 inches tall and wide, it does best in full sun and well-drained soil and is drought-tolerant once established. All it asks is regular fertilization to see it through its long season of bloom.
Strawflowers also make great cut flowers, lasting a couple of weeks in fresh arrangements. To enjoy them indoors even longer, dry them for winter bouquets. Cut them when the blossoms are just about to open and hang them in loose bunches upside down in a warm, airy spot for several weeks.
Look for Sundaze® Blaze Strawflower in garden stores this spring. For more, go to Proven Winners.