Helichrysum

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Helichrysum

 

a genus of plants of the family Compositae. The plants are mostly perennial herbs and subshrubs; some have a thick feltlike pubescence. The tubular flowers are in heads gathered into one compound, usually corymbose, inflorescence. The involucre scales are imbricated, usually dry, and glumaceous. The scales are frequently brightly colored and sometimes stretch out after blooming. The fruit is an achene having a pappus with one row of bristles. The inflorescences are used as cholagogues in the form of a tea or liquid extract. Many ornamental species are everlastings.

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Two plants that used to be classified as helichrysums -- but have recently received new botanical names -- are hardy perennials that can handle a mild freeze (down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit) without a problem.
Recipe 1(The mixed basket): 2 trailing ivy-leaf geraniums, 4 trailing lobelia, 5 petunias, 2 Helichrysums, 15 litres container compost, Sphagnum moss or a synthetic liner.
Helichrysums are the king of dried flowers and have large daisy-like blooms of red, orange and yellow, as well as pastel shades of rose, pink, cream and silvery white.