Jun 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Strawflowers

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Have you ever touched a strawflower? Next time you come to the Garden, gently touch the petal-like bracts. Strangely, they feel like plastic, or straw. Now you know why they are called strawflowers! Because of their low moisture content, they are also good for drying and sometimes called everlasting flowers.

photo by Cathy Hoyt

Photo of strawflower Xerochrysum bracteatum ‘Bondreredem’ Jumbo Red Ember Dreamtime™ by Cathy Hoyt Photography.


Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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