Family: Paper Daisy, Rose Sunray, Everlasting, ASTERACEAE
Native to West Australia, the showy Acroclinium roseum (sometimes listed as Helipterum roseum) is grown worldwide for its ease of cultivation and for its many uses, both in the garden and in dried flower arrangements. An annual, it grows fast in dryish, sandy soil with good drainage and plentiful sun.
Seed must be sown where they are to grow, in either autumn or spring. Loosen soil, broadcast the seed sparsely, cover with a light drift of sand and water regularly until the grey-leafed seedlings appear. Thin seedlings to 15cm/6in spacing, water regularly, feed soluble fertilizer every two weeks.
Flowers should appear 6-8 weeks from seed in shades of white, pink, red, each bloom 2.5cm/1in across and with a papery texture. For indoor use, cut stems before blooms are fully open, hang in bunches in a dry shady place. When stems are dry, arrange lavishly without water.