Valued for the beauty of its cheerful blooms, everlasting flower (Xerochrysum bracteatum or Helichrysum bracteatum) is a delicate, short-lived, annual or perennial herb with Daisy-like blooms up to 1 to 3 inches wide and covered with a central yellow disc enveloped by shiny petal-shaped bracts in bright yellow, white, pink, red, or orange shades.
The Helichrysum genus includes about 600 species of plants in the Asteraceae family. The leaves are oblong-lanceolate, alternate, with very narrow margins at the base.
They bloom from late spring until the first frost and rise on erect stalks edged with lanceolate green leaves. The everlasting flower is native to New Zealand and Australia.
Fantastic in a home vase or by the sunny border, everlasting flowers look fabulous in dried flower arrangements because they perfectly retain their color and shape.
Common names are Yellow Paper Daisy, Strawflower, Paper Daisy, Immortelle, Golden everlasting, and Bracted everlasting.