Strawflower Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'
everlasting 'Bright Bikini'


The Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini', commonly known as the strawflower, is a visually striking plant. It showcases an array of vivid, multicolored flowers that resemble daisies. The central disc of the blossom is typically a darker hue, surrounded by layers of papery petals that radiate outwards. These petals come in a spectrum of bright colors, including yellows, pinks, reds, and oranges, often with a gradient or blend of shades, giving it a flamboyant and cheerful appearance. The texture of the petals is crisp and retains color and form even after cutting, making strawflowers excellent for dried floral arrangements. The foliage of the strawflower is equally attractive, with lance-shaped leaves that are narrow and elongated, possessing a soft and slightly silvery-green color. The leaves may display a fuzzy surface, providing a pleasant tactile experience. The plant itself has a bushy and compact growth habit, contributing lush greenery to the vivacious blooms it proudly presents. The overall appearance of the strawflower 'Bright Bikini' is one of resilience and lasting beauty, as the flowers persist in looking fresh and vibrant even under the intense sun. It is a favored choice for gardeners looking for long-lasting color and an easy-to-care-for addition to their gardens.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Golden Everlasting, Strawflower, Paper Daisy, Everlasting Daisy

    • Common names

      Bracteantha bracteata, Helichrysum bracteatum, Helipterum bracteatum.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini', commonly known as the Strawflower, is not known to be toxic to humans. Therefore, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning associated with this plant as it is generally considered safe. Ingesting parts of the plant should not lead to any significant consequences; however, it is always advisable to avoid consuming plant material that is not intended for human consumption.

    • To pets

      The Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini', commonly known as the Strawflower, is not known to be toxic to pets. It does not typically cause poisoning, so there are no specific symptoms associated with ingesting this plant. Therefore, ingesting parts of the plant should not lead to significant consequences for pets. However, it is generally advisable to prevent pets from eating plants not meant for their consumption, as they might cause digestive discomfort or an allergic reaction.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini', commonly known as Strawflower, draws bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden.
    • Drought Tolerant: Strawflowers adapt well to dry conditions, making them a suitable choice for water-wise gardens.
    • Long Blooming Season: Strawflowers offer vibrant colors from spring until fall, providing a lengthy display of beauty.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, Strawflowers require minimal care, making them easy to grow for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Good for Cut Flowers: The flowers of Strawflower can be used for fresh bouquets and dried arrangements due to their papery texture.
    • Versatile Garden Use: Strawflower works well in borders, rock gardens, and containers with its compact growth habit.
    • Color Variety: 'Bright Bikini' variety provides a broad array of colors, adding visual interest to the landscape.
    • Resistant to Pests: Strawflowers are generally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Durable in Harsh Weather: Strawflowers can withstand hot conditions and are known to perform well in coastal and windy environments.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Xerochrysum bracteatum, commonly known as the Strawflower, can be used in dried floral arrangements due to its ability to retain color and shape after drying.
    • Strawflower petals can be used in crafting, such as for making natural confetti or potpourri, as they remain vibrant and intact.
    • The firm structure of Strawflower blooms makes them suitable for use in jewelry, such as in handmade earrings or pendants.
    • The Strawflower can be a natural dye source for fabrics, yarns, and paper, giving a range of colors from yellow to orange.
    • In eco-friendly burial practices, biodegradable coffins can be adorned with Strawflowers to create a beautiful, sustainable tribute.
    • Pressed Strawflower blossoms can be featured in glass frames or laminates as a form of botanical art.
    • Strawflower seeds are a potential ingredient in bird feed mixes, offering a natural food source for seed-eating birds.
    • In education, Strawflowers can serve as an example in botany classes for studying plant structure and desiccation tolerance.
    • As a natural moth repellent, dried Strawflower arrangements can be placed in wardrobes and linen closets.
    • The Strawflower can be used as a natural indicator of humidity in an area, as the bracts respond to changes in moisture levels.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Strawflower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Strawflower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Everlasting and Permanence: Commonly known as the Strawflower, Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini' is often associated with the concepts of immortality and everlasting life due to its ability to retain its shape and color when dried.
    • Resilience and Hardiness: The Strawflower symbolizes strength and the ability to withstand challenging conditions, much like its natural ability to thrive in harsh, dry environments.
    • Enduring Affection: As a flower that maintains its beauty over time, it also represents enduring love or friendship that lasts despite the challenges.
    • Optimism and Joy: With its bright and colorful appearance, the Strawflower signifies positivity, cheerfulness, and the joy of life.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Strawflower should be watered thoroughly, ensuring the soil is moist but not saturated. It's essential to allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering, which could lead to root rot. Generally, this might mean watering the plant approximately once a week, but this frequency can vary depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. In hot, dry periods, the Strawflower may require more frequent watering, such as twice a week. It is advisable to use about one gallon of water for a medium-sized plant each time to ensure deep watering that reaches the root system.

  • sunLight

    Strawflower thrives best in full sun conditions where it can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for growing Strawflower would be in a location where it can enjoy the morning sun and afternoon light without being shaded. If grown indoors, a south-facing window is a great location for the plant to receive ample light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Strawflower prefers warm conditions and can thrive in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It is hardy to a minimum temperature of around 30 degrees Fahrenheit but should not be exposed to temperatures below this as it can be damaged by frost. The ideal temperature range promotes healthy growth and abundant flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Strawflower encourages bushier growth and more blooms. Deadheading, or the removal of spent flowers, should be done regularly to promote continuous flowering. The best time to prune for shaping is in the early spring, just as the plants begin to produce new growth. Pruning can be done as needed throughout the season to remove any damaged or diseased stems.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Strawflower 'Bright Bikini' thrives in well-draining soil with a mixture of loam, sand, and peat to ensure good drainage and aeration. A soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for this plant, ensuring nutrients are readily available for uptake.

  • plantRepotting

    Strawflowers like 'Bright Bikini' typically need repotting every 1 to 2 years, especially if they are outgrowing their current pot or the soil has degraded, to ensure they have enough space to grow and receive sufficient nutrients.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Strawflowers such as 'Bright Bikini' are tolerant of a range of humidity levels but prefer moderate conditions. They perform well in typical indoor humidity levels without the need for additional humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and adequate pot size.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, protect from harsh frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini', commonly known as the Golden Everlasting or Strawflower, begins its life cycle when a seed germinates, preferably in well-draining soil and full sun. Upon germination, the seedling emerges, developing a root system and a rosette of leaves. As it grows, the plant develops a strong stem and a larger foliage base. The next stage is the flowering period, where vibrant straw-like flowers bloom and attract pollinators for the purpose of reproduction. After pollination, the flowers fade and the plant sets seed in the form of a small, dry fruit typically containing one seed. These seeds can then be dispersed by wind or fall to the ground, lying dormant until conditions are favorable for germination, thereby completing the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Bright Bikini', commonly known as the Strawflower, is most commonly propagated through seeds. The best time to sow Strawflower seeds is either in late winter or early spring, ideally indoors to protect the young plants from frosts. Sowing indoors allows seedlings to develop in a controlled environment before the last frosts of the year have passed. Typically, seeds are sprinkled onto the surface of a well-draining soil mix and lightly covered with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite. Seeds generally require a warm position, around 68°F (20°C), and consistent moisture to germinate effectively. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough and the danger of frost has passed, they can be transplanted into the garden or outdoor containers, spaced around 8 inches (20 centimeters) apart to allow for spreading. This method of seed sowing is straightforward and highly effective for producing a large number of Strawflower plants.