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garden annual (Helichrysum bracteatum) of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family), a favorite as an everlastingeverlasting
or immortelle
, names for numerous plants characterized by papery or chaffy flowers that retain their form and often their color when dried and are used for winter bouquets and decorations.
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 but also grown for its fresh flowers. The plant is native to Australia. The flower heads are made up of papery petallike parts and are of various colors. Other everlastings and the bellwort (Uvularia) are sometimes called strawflower. Strawflowers are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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To keep them for everlasting bouquets, detach strawflowers from the stem when they have just begun to open.
String fresh or dried strawflowers with needle and thread.
Mike Haas, co-owner of the Strawflower Shop, a Geneva, Ill.
Some of the flowers that will be used include white mums, white orchids, white roses, white everlasting, strawflower, lavender mums and roses, and blue irises combined with cotton, pampas grass, blue statice and orange lentil seeds.
In addition to roses, carnations and daisies, the float also features ti leaf, strawflower, statice, white beans, coffee and walnut shell, uva and buffalo grass, kidney beans, lettuce seed, white rice, flax, sesame, ground onion and poppy seed.
The wings will be covered in purple dendrobium orchid florets, hot pink sinuata statice, yellow marigold and gold strawflower outlined with white sweet rice.
Rugs are a strong business, and they're getting stronger all the time," notes Mike Haas, president and owner of the Strawflower Shop, a Geneva, Ill.
Carefully crafted characters made from an array of floral materials including carnations, dendrobium florets, button poms, strawflower and marigold petals, ilex berries, bent grass seed and coconut chips
By New Year's Eve, dozens of volunteers will have brushed, cut, chopped and glued hundreds of pounds of cocoa palm fiber, yellow strawflower, orchids, mums, roses and other blossoms for ``Dinner's on .
The carriage is "painted" with ground rice, strawflower and onion seed, with wheels of everlasting, white China chrysanthemum and white beans.
Flowering Details: The sides of the Bayer Advanced We Are The Champions Rose Parade float are covered with silver leaf, accented by fine cut white strawflower and everlasting, lettuce seeds, eucalyptus leaves and white button mums.
TIP OF THE WEEK: One of the most rewarding perennials to have around the garden, also highly suited to dry arrangements, is the bush strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata).