Otherwise known as “strawflowers” or technically of the family
bracteata or bracteatum asteraceae, these vibrant, “papery” and somewhat intense blooms are often dried and the thing of childhood summer memories from trips to Baguio. I always thought of them as being a bit cheesy, a personal bias, but I spied these fresh bunches of the “everlasting flowers” and bought some at the FTI weekend market for PHP150 for three bunches.
Several of the flower heads were still quite tightly closed, while others were starting to open. Fresh, and with their stems, they were quite the stunner.
On closer inspection, they were quite intricate in pattern and their colors were incredibly robust and intense…
I took a low ceramic vase, cut the stems at about 7-8 inches in length, and stuck them in the vase without any water. I figured they might dry nicely and last a while. But honestly, I don’t know if that will work. I am writing this post 12 hours after I bought the flowers and they seem to be doing quite nicely. If you are interested, you can see more varieties of strawflowers at this site for seeds.