Double blooms often over 2½" across, freely borne on long, strong stems in a full range of colors.
Strawflower is popular for dried bouquets and as fresh cut flowers. This mix with its range of bright vibrant colors will satisfy in spades. GARDEN HINTS: For earlier bloom, start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before planting date. To dry, pick flowers when lower 2-4 rows of petals are just beginning to open. Remove foliage, bunch loosely and hang upside down in a warm, airy place. Cultivate or mulch to control weeds.
Start indoors covering seeds lightly (seeds need light to germinate), 4-6 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Direct, after danger of frost is past.
How to Grow
THIN to stand about 12" apart when seedlings are 2" high. Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost. Strawflowers prefer well-drained, sandy soil in full sun and can tolerate hot, dry conditions. They do not require staking or any special maintenance.
Strawflower is perfect in dried or fresh flower arrangements. All strawflowers are useful for adding color to beds and borders. The dwarf cultivars look good in containers or as edgings.