Pierrot White provides a distinctive, moody look for both cut and dried florals, though the plant stature is a bit short for cutting (approximately 18-24"). Productive plants produce relatively small, 1-2" upward facing, daisy-like flowers with papery petals. The flowers have a long vase life and also make excellent dried flowers. Plants are basal branching, which makes the thin, wiry stems easy to cut and strip. Helipterum is also known as Acroclinium, immortelle, paper daisy, Australian everlasting, and everlasting daisy. Ht. 18-24". Avg. 9,900 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65-75°F (18-24°C)
SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant out after danger of frost has passed. Direct seed - Sow after last frost. Gently press seeds into soil surface or cover seed lightly as light aids germination. Keep soil moist until emergence. Sow seeds every 2"; thin seedlings to 6-8" apart.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
PLANT SPACING: 6-8".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST:Fresh or dried - Before flowers are fully open. Flowers continue to open after cutting. Hang to dry.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Well-drained, sandy soil is ideal.
USES:Fresh or dried cut flower, borders, beds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhodanthe chlorocephala
ALTERNATE NAME: Acroclinium, Immortelle, Paper Daisy, Australian Everlasting, and Everlasting Daisy
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
55 - 65 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.