Strawflower ‘Blackberry Wine’
Helichrysum bracteatum (Syn.Bracteantha bracteate, Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Strawflower ‘Blackberry Wine’, colour of darkest wine, almost black.
Use them fresh all summer long before turning bunches upside down for use indefinitely.
Simply tie stems tightly, turn upside down for at least a month in a cool dry location. Click here for a video.
I’ve got flowers that I dried more than 4 years ago. Like a fine wine, they improve with age, taking on a vintage elegance. Dried flowers are perfect for hair flowers the following Spring as well as Winter Christmas Wreaths and table decorations.
How to grow:
Seeds need to be fresh for successful germination. Sow onto the surface of the compost in Spring.
A bit of warmth will encourage germination and they require light so do not cover with compost.
Plant out after the last of the frosts 22cm apart.
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Variety: Helichrysum bracteatum
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Space: 22cm apart
Seeds per packet: 250 (approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick as soon as the flowers start to open, straight into ready buckets of water for fresh use. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning. For drying, hang upside down to keep stems straight. In floristry, its easier to wire flower buds before drying.