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Everlasting daisy half-unfurled Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.<br />
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These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia.<br />
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Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single &#039;flower&#039; with the bracts as the &#039;petals&#039;. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.<br />
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Here we see the bracts half-unfurled, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge and below, a fully enclosed bud. This is cultivar &#039;sunrise&#039;. <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/124297/everlasting_daisy_bud.html" title="Everlasting daisy bud"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/124297_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1672876810&Signature=jRxWNrFVp1UdD%2BKNpled8dxLyCM%3D" width="200" height="146" alt="Everlasting daisy bud Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.<br />
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These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia. <br />
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Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single &#039;flower&#039; with the bracts as the &#039;petals&#039;. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.<br />
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Here we see the bracts still closed, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge - and below, half-open and fully open (a different cultivar). This orange one is cultivar &#039;sunrise&#039;. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/125110/everlasting_daisy_half-opened.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87807/paper_daisy_fully_open.html<br />
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Everlasting daisy half-unfurled

Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.

These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia.

Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single 'flower' with the bracts as the 'petals'. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.

Here we see the bracts half-unfurled, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge and below, a fully enclosed bud. This is cultivar 'sunrise'.

Everlasting daisy bud Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.<br />
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These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia. <br />
<br />
Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single 'flower' with the bracts as the 'petals'. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.<br />
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Here we see the bracts still closed, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge - and below, half-open and fully open (a different cultivar). This orange one is cultivar 'sunrise'. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/125110/everlasting_daisy_half-opened.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87807/paper_daisy_fully_open.html<br />
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    comments (4)

  1. Incredibly beautiful, Ruth! Do the flowers last long? Posted one year ago
    1. Hi Christine - not only do they last for months when on the plant, but for years once plucked and simply air-dried. I think because the majority of the head are these papery bracts, the actual flowers are so very tiny, situated at the centre. Here's a fully unfurled one, showing the tiny flowers.

      Paper daisy (fully open) Xerochrysum is a genus of plants native to Australia with variable forms including annuals and low growing perennial shrubs. Their flowers really do feel as if made of paper!<br />
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The genus was formerly known as Helichrysum and is now also known as Xerochrysum.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86974/paper_daisy_beginning_to_open.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/124297/everlasting_daisy_bud.html<br />
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      Posted one year ago
      1. That's stunning! Wow! Posted one year ago
  2. Nice composition Ruth Posted one year ago

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"Xerochrysum bracteatum", commonly known as the golden everlasting or strawflower, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae native to Australia. It grows as a woody or herbaceous perennial or annual shrub up to a metre tall with green or grey leafy foliage.

Similar species: Asterales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Dec 3, 2021. Captured Nov 23, 2021 15:01 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm