The Red Helichrysum bracteolatum 1-2 foot plants.
Red Helichrysum bracteolatum
Xerochrysum bracteatum, commonly known as the golden everlasting or strawflower, is a flowering plant in the familyAsteraceae native to Australia. It grows as a woody or herbaceous perennial orannual shrub up to a metre (3 ft) tall with green or grey leafy foliage. Golden yellow or white flower heads are produced from spring to autumn; their distinctive feature is the papery bracts that resemble petals. The species is widespread, growing in a variety of habitats across the country, from rainforest margins to deserts and subalpine areas. The golden everlasting serves as food for various larvae of lepidopterans (butterflies and moths), and adult butterflies, hoverflies, native bees, small beetles, and grasshoppers visit the flower heads.
Most of the cultivars brought into cultivation in Australia in the latter part of the 20th century are perennials. ‘Dargan Hill Monarch’ was the first of these, and many more have followed. Profusely flowering, these grow in many colours including white, yellow, orange, bronze, pink, and red. Their commercial lifespans are generally around three years. Queensland-based company Aussie Winners has a range of compact plants ranging from orange to white known as Sundaze. Plants of this series usually have larger leaves.