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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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String fresh or dried strawflowers with needle and thread.
In summer, the best flowers to ship are everlasting types, such as statice (Limonium perezii) and strawflower.
For sunny spots, set out ageratum, celosia, coreopsis, cosmos, firebush (Hamelia patens), four o'clock, gaillardia, globe amaranth, gloriosa daisy, kochia, lantana, lisianthus, nicotiana, portulaca, salvia, strawflower, tithonia, vinca rosea (Catharanthus roseus), and zinnia.
Set out ageratum, calliopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), celosia, cosmos, four o'clock, globe amaranth, gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia), kochia, lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), marigold, Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), portulaca, strawflower, vinca rosea (Catharanthus roseus), and zinnia.