BOTANICAL NAME:  Bracteantha 'Wesbracobron'OTHER NAMES:GROUP/CLASS: Cottage SeriesAVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 35 cmAVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 30 cmSUN EXPOSURE: Full sun partial shadeFLOWER COLOUR: Gold and Burgundy FLOWERING TIME: Mid spring to late fallFOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep GreenCOLD HARDINESS: AnnualWATER NEEDS: Drought tolerantOTHER...
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BOTANICAL NAME:  Bracteantha 'Wesbracobron'
OTHER NAMES:
GROUP/CLASS: Cottage Series
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 35 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 30 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Gold and Burgundy 
FLOWERING TIME: Mid spring to late fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: 

Description:

An excellent disease resistant variety, perfect for patio containers and landscapes; mounded, drought and cold tolerant plants feature deep green foliage with gold and burgundy flowers nestled on top; excellent for dried flowers

Ornamental Features

Cottage™ Bronze Strawflower features bold burgundy daisy flowers with coppery-bronze overtones and gold centers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cottage™ Bronze Strawflower is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cottage™ Bronze Strawflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Cottage™ Bronze Strawflower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cottage™ Bronze Strawflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

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