|Chrysocephalum Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Flambe Yellow'|
Common Name: Chrysocephalum 'Flambe Yellow'
Common Alternative: Strawflower
Chrysocephalum 'Flambe Yellow'
Chrysocephalum is a great plant to add to any floral environment. High versatility makes it a wise choice for use as a garden filler or ground coverage. Create beautiful potted combination and garden landscapes, or use as a foundational centerpiece for hanging baskets. Chrysocephalum Flambe Yellow has a spread of 16-20 inches, requiring a space of 8-12 inches to properly grow and has an optimal height of 10-12 inches.
Chrysocephalum Flambe Yellow features beautiful, small, rounded, vibrant-yellow blooms that sit on wonderful silver-gray foliage. These blooms cover the bright foliage all season. The ability to thrive in full or part sun, complement many other plants and flowers, or simply stand-alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips
As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Healthy Chrysocephalum should be sturdy at 10-12 inches tall, with a 16-20 inch spread. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich grean foliage and healthy vibrant golden-yellow blooms as indication of the plants care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you and a long life for your plant.
After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Chrysocephalum Flambe Yellow is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plants safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. This hardy plant will last from late spring, through the summer, until the end of fall, and are good pioneer plants in the garden while other plants become more established.
Chrysocephalum Flambe Yellow is a low maintenance plant that is heat and drought tolerant. While it has a high tolerance levels, water application once a day is still recommended, and occasional fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant's main stem, avoiding wetting the plant's foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Chrysocephalum require a good moisture level but must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.
Another great feature of Chrysocephalum is bloom production. These beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well-shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to use the trimmings to create a beautiful floral arrangement for your home, as these plants also make great cut flowers.
Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. It is important to clear the ground of grubs and other pests that can be harmful to plant roots. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Chrysocephalum, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.
The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant's leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth. Chrysocephalum attract butterflies, adding a touch of beauty to your garden while promoting pollination and plant growth.
Chrysocephalum is a trailing, warm weather annual and tender perennial. This unique plant has small, pearl round, golden-yellow blooms. They adorn compact silver foliage providing continuous color through the fall. Chrysocephalum Flambe Yellow is a Proven Winners' award winning breed. Chrysocephalum Flambe Yellow is also known as a strawflower because of its papery like texture. Chrysocephalum originates from Australia, and therefore does best in regions with long hot summers.
This variety is commonly used for hanging baskets, mass planting, and for ultimate ground cover coverage. Because of Flambe Yellow's tailing nature, it works well in gardens, patio container combinations, and in rock gardens. The fuller varieties work best in fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full sun flower. Flambe Yellow does not just tolerate the heat, it loves it; but surprisingly, they can also withstand colder temperatures. Key features include heat tolerance, drought tolerance, wonderful foliage and no deadheading.
Photo courtesy of Proven Winner.