Flannel flowers are common in the sandstone country around Sydney and to the north, and have long been a popular wildflower. The leaves are silver-grey and velvety in texture, giving rise to the common name. The flowers are white and consist of 10 velvety, “petal-like” bracts, so that the flowers have a daisy-like appearance. Unlike many daisy-like flowers, the bracts in flannel flowers are soft and floppy, not stiff. Some varieties have grey or green tips to the bracts, but for the most part flowers are white throughout, including the centres. There are several flowers per branch.
Flannel Flowers are harvested from the bush but these days more are now grown in plantations. Most are grown in NSW and QLD.
What to look for
- Buy when flowers are half to fully open and have a fluffy appearance;
- Avoid bunches with floppy tips or seed pods.
- Always wear gloves when handling.
- Keep cool at all times.
- Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem and wash thoroughly.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each stem and place in water immediately.
- Always use a preservative as this will help buds to open.
- Replace vase water with fresh preservative every 1 to 2 days.
- To dry, hang upside down in a well ventilated room.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
Flannel flowers and leaves are covered by fine hairs that can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Always wear gloves when handling.
Botanical Name: Actinotis helianthii
Common Names: Flannel Flower
Stem Length: 30 to 60 cm
Country of Origin: Australia
Available Colours: White