Profuse bloomers for fresh or dried arrangements.
Tall, well-branched plants produce dark wine (almost black) flowers 2–2 1/2" across. Fully open blooms reveal contrasting fiery-orange center. Also known as bracted strawflower. Ht. 36-40". Avg. 39,700 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-10 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C).
SOWING: Transplant — Sow 3-5 weeks before last frost. Do not cover seed as light is required for germination. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering seeds with displaced soil. Transplant to cell packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed. Direct seed — Sow after last frost, only where summers are very long. Trellis, such as Hortonova, used as horizontal support, may be necessary.
GROWING ON: Provide temperatures of 65-70°F (18-21°C) during the day and 60°F (16°C) at night.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average soil with good drainage.
PLANT SPACING: 10-12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Harvesting increases yields. Fresh or dried: Cut when 2-3 layers of petals have unfolded but before flowers fully open. Hang to dry.
USES: Excellent dried flower. Borders, fillers, and back of beds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bracteantha bracteata