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Thursday, 11 August 2016

FFF247 - PAPER DAISIES

Rhodanthe, also known as sunray or pink paper daisy, is a genus of Australian plants in the pussy's-toes tribe within the daisy family, Asteraceae. The name Rhodanthe is derived from Greek rhodon, rose and anthos, flower. Many Rhodanthe species were formerly classed under different genera, including Helipterum, Podotheca, Acroclinium and Waitzia.

Rhodanthe chlorocephala subspecies rosea (shown here) is the most widely grown subspecies and is commonly known as “Pink and White Everlasting”, “Rosy Sunray”, “Pink Paper-daisy” and “Rosy Everlasting”. It grows naturally in the south of Western Australia extending into South Australia. Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea is an erect annual herb 20-60cm high with clumps of glabrous (hairless) grey-green stems and leaves 1-6cm in length. It has a large single flowering head at the tip of each stem. Flower heads grow to 6cm diameter, gradually decreasing as the flowering season progresses.

The colour of the bracts varies from deep pink (almost red) through pale pink to pure white, with a yellow or black centre. Stems branch early in the season. You can encourage this habit (to create more blossoms) by pinching out the growing tips. Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea is adaptable and ephemeral, springing up whenever conditions are right e.g. during warm, sunny weeks anytime of the year. It prefers full sun to dappled shade and grows well in open woodland. Grown in full shade it tends to be long and spindly.

It thrives in well-drained sandy soils and tends to be smaller when grown in heavy, clay soils. It generally flowers from August to November in the wild but with sufficient water and warmth it will flower at other times. It flowers 10 to 12 weeks after germination and the flowers last a good two weeks. The flowering period lasts 4 to 10 weeks. Fruit appear approximately 4 weeks after flowering.

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20 comments:

  1. I really like them, so beautiful. I used to grow them and then dry them.
    Have a nice day /Marika

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  2. Lovley little flowers !
    So impresive.
    Greetings from Germany

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  3. So pretty! Thanks for hosting, Nick.

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  4. Dear Nick,
    such a beautiful field of flowers.
    Thank you so much for all these informations about this plants.
    Best wishes - Julia

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  5. I have never grown them, but dure I know the flower. They are sold here for dry flower arrangements. Maybe they come from Australia? Groetjes Hetty

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  6. Such cheerful little blooms. Thanks for sharing and hosting, Nick.

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  7. So cute! I like them so much!
    Have a happy weekend ... Frauke

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  8. Your image shows beautifully the delicate pink of these little beauties , Nick !
    Thank you for sharing and hosting , Nick !!!

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  9. Hello Nick,
    I love daisies and your picture is so wonderful!
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni
    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  10. Heisann.... long for daisies, months in waiting... Autumn has come here... Have a nice weekend ;:OD)

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  11. Hi Nick,
    this meadow looks so beautiful! I love the daisies.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Elke (Frankfurt - Germany)

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  12. Pretty! The name makes me want to draw them.

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  13. Nick, luscious field of flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. So pretty! I love this flower!

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  15. I love these little blooms! Thanks for sharing such a huge field of them!

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  16. A daisy carpet.....fabulous!
    Lovely photo...

    Happy weekend!
    Ruby

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  17. Wonderful pic of a Gorgeous flowerfield of Lovely flowers!

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  18. What a picture with this beautiful Flowers. I like your post so much. Have a great week.
    Regards
    Ingrid

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