Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea

Thank you to BPotD Flickr Group Pool contributor neomyrtus@Flickr for today’s image of the Australian (Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea).

Common names for this taxon include pink and white everlasting and rosy sunray. Scientifically, it has been known in the past as Helipterum roseum and Acroclinium roseum. With the publication of a 1992 paper, botanist Paul Graham Wilson shifted many taxa into Rhodanthe, including this one.

A sun-loving annual (like most annuals), plants can grow to about 60cm (2ft.) high under ideal conditions. It is a popular garden plant for its fast growth, long-lived inflorescence and overall appearance; for more about the taxon in cultivation, see Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea (via the Australian National Botanic Gardens).

Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea

7 responses to “Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea”

  1. elizabeth a airhart

    big thank you for rosey sunray and the links spring down under
    does anyone know if this lovely flower can be dried
    i live in florida central west coast our local paper set 18
    that the red ambroisa beetle from asia has arrived the tampa
    bay area sreads laural wilt red bay laural swamp bay avacados
    no cure as yet

  2. SandyinZ4

    That is a lovely annual. Wish it would grow in my Idaho garden in summer.

  3. michael aman

    To elizabeth a airhart:
    I love your enthusiastic, sometimes nostalgic, posts. For a while now I’ve wondered if you may be related to my family in Upstate New York whose family name over the generations has become “Ahart” perhaps from something else originally.

  4. Ann Kent HTM

    Elizabeth, this flower dries beautifully, sometimes right in the garden, though here in the Vancouver, BC, area it is usually wiser to cut it in August and hang in bunches upside down to complete the process.
    Other common names are straw flower and paper daisy. The flower head is very durable and much beloved for use in a wide range of botanical crafts. Ann.

  5. Melissa in South Carolina

    Now this is a Happy, Peppy Flower. Definitely saving for the right otherwise dreary day for my desktop. Thank, folks!

  6. ralph soviero

    I live in zone 7b North Carolina we use the flowers as annuals they are usually white and we call them strawflower.

  7. Barbara Rokeby

    I love the sound the petals make when “plucked”!

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