To review the June newsletter CLICK HERE
GardenSMART Newsletter Signup
Visit our Sponsors! encore azalea Dramm
Visit our Sponsors and win.
Super Strawflower Granvia Gold!

Super Strawflower Granvia Gold!

By Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers
Photographs courtesy of Suntory Flowers

As summer transitions into fall, one plant that will still be in its glory is bracteantha ‘Granvia Gold’. This super strawflower has been blooming like crazy in landscape trials from Alabama to Minnesota through heat, wind and rain. Evaluators have been noticing resistance to mildew, a common problem in traditional bracteantha varieties. 

GardenSMART Article Image

This is partly due to a much larger, more open growth habit, allowing in more air and sunlight. Granvia plants are vigorous, make a statement in landscapes and easily fill large patio planters. Longer stems lend themselves to floral applications in fresh cut bouquets. And the crispy flower heads are perfect for dried arrangements and crafts.

Bred in Australia, strawflowers are also known as everlasting flowers under botanical names, Helichrysum bracteatum or Xerochrysum bracteatum. They are perennials, but only hardy to zones 10-11 and treated like an annual in most climates.

GardenSMART Article Image

Sunny golden yellow flowers create lots of interest. In addition to having the touchable, papery straw texture, they close up into tight yellow balls overnight and during rainy, cloudy days. As the buds initially open, they have a partially open, origami stage before completely opening with a dark, fuzzy, darker yellow-orange center.

GardenSMART Article Image

One thing that’s deceiving about a living “dried” flower is these plants do need water and can be quite thirsty in a planter. Best positioning is full sun for maximum flowering. 

GardenSMART Article Image

Multi-season interest and performance provides months of enjoyment. If you purchase Granvia Gold in the spring, you can expect the plants to continue to bloom until frost. As plants die in the winter, existing blooms will continue to hang on for a while as dried flowers.

GardenSMART Article Image

Be on the lookout for Granvia Gold in the fall plant assortments at your favorite retailers. 

For more information, visit

Here’s a video about Granvia Gold!

All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

Article URL:!

Back to Articles List                               

GardenSMART Featured Article

By Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers
Photos courtesy of Suntory Flowers

As summer heats up, the garden party is just beginning for gorgeous, tropical mandevillas. To learn more click here for an interesting article.

  Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!  
Copyright © 1998-2012 GSPC. All Rights Reserved.