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Flambe® Yellow Strawflower Chrysocephalum apiculatum

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Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
14" 12" 36cm 30cm
Height: 8" - 14"
Spread: 8" - 12"
Height: 20cm - 36cm
Spread: 20cm - 30cm
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    8 - 14 Inches
    8 - 12 Inches
    8 - 12 Inches
    20cm - 36cm
    20cm - 30cm
    20cm - 30cm


    Tufted yellow flowers on silvery foliage; very heat and drought tolerant

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    Fall Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 14 Inches 20cm - 36cm
    Trails Up To: 
    24 Inches 61cm
    8 - 12 Inches 20cm - 30cm
    8 - 12 Inches 20cm - 30cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in planters or landscapes; great in informal drifts

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Deadheading not necessary for continuous bloom. Plants will "bury their dead" (new flowers will quickly cover old flowers) so no deadheading necessary.

    This is the perfect plant for almost all gardens. They don't just tolerate heat - they love it, yet they can withstand surprisingly cold temperatures also. One year mine were blooming right up until a December storm encased them in ice. The one thing they do not like is the soil staying too wet. They are quite drought tolerant though, what we call "an end of the hose plant," which simply means they will thrive even if you don't add additional water through the summer. If they start looking tired during the summer, a trim back can help them quickly bounce back into top form. In containers regular fertilization will be helpful, but in the landscape they will tolerate poor soils and low fertility. However, a dose of slow-release fertilizer or some compost added at the time of planting would be helpful.

    An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

    Flambé is one of Dr. Rick Schoellhorn's top ten favorites for Florida.

    Are you looking for a plant for that hot dry part of your yard that never seems to get enough water? Flambé Chrysocephalum love heat and dry conditions and flower continuously through the summer. Small round golden-orange flowers cover the plants. Give them air circulation and bright sun. they can be planted at any time of year except winter in north Florida.

    "This was a pleasant surprise. I've used this plant [Chrysocephalum] and loved it, but it took a while before it became commercially available and landscapers understood its toughness. It [Flambé Yellow] was placed at an entrance as a groundcover beneath 'Stars and Stripes' pentas, a welcoming sight to our visitors. Plants were less than 6 inches tall, had wonderful insect and disease-proof gray-green foliage and were covered with bazillions of bright yellow flowers just above the foliage. Congratulations to Proven Winners and thank you for allowing us to trial this cultivar." - Dr. Allan Armitage, University of Georgia

    Drought tolerant, Heat tolerant, sandy soil tolerant, frost
    tolerant to 30F with minimal damage, so good for extending season both in spring and in fall. Somewhat salt tolerant.

    Goes great with Coleus Royal Glissade and any annuals or perennials where silver foliage can act as an accent. Best in bright full sun conditions!

    Habit: Low mounding cultivars

    Season: Spring through fall

    Where does it come from: Tasmania and Australia

    Tips: Like all Chrysocephalum and Helichrysum these plants love full hot sun and good air

    Flambe® Yellow Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Flochryel' USPP 19,175, Can 3,280
  • 13 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I planted three of the Chrysocephalum in a pot with other plants. They grew quickly and looked nice for a few weeks, and then one by one they all died. The only reason I can think of is that the amount of water I put on for the other plants was perhaps too much for them. It's too bad. They were nice while they lasted.

      Karen Muse
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • AMAZING is the only word to describe this beauty. Ooh, what joy it has given me with its happy, carefree appearance & no maintenance on my part. It was new to me this year & a MUST HAVE for 2022 & the future. It just brightens my day to enjoy it on the patio mixed with marigolds & verbena!!! THANKS for always having plants I can count on doing as 'promised'.

      Ella Marshall
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • First time buyer in 2016...plant is very hard to find locally! No flowers on it when purchased. First 2 weeks just foliage and barely grew. Fast forward to mid July and this plant is a top performer. Hundreds of unique flowers adorn this plant and they stay in bloom a long time. Attractive lighter colored foliage adds color variance. Easy to care for but keep an eye on it during hot days as it needs a little more water than such tough guys as lantana and verbena. Still this is one of the most unusual plants in my garden and a pleasant surprise, especially after the slow start. Much more given to spreading/filling versus mounding, so definitely recommend placing in large pot with at least 2 other sturdy plants. Looks especially good against dark blues/purples and reds to accent the yellow. I will definitely buy this again in 2017...IF I can find it!

      Matthew Lamb
      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • great in my zone 9 central valley location. took the over 100 heat in summer and survive the winter without wilt. Flowered continually through out the summer.

      , California
      , United States
      , 13 years ago
    • Have grown this plant for two years in pots and in the ground ... excellent in both situations. Thrives in heat and drought but also does beautifully during rainy periods when it gets cooler as it does here. Wonderful as a cut flower, too!

      Lee White
      , Maine
      , United States
      , 13 years ago
    • It is doing very well as an underplanting for miniature tree roses. It has been in bloom since I planted it. I cut some flowers and used them in a miniature arrangement for a flower show and won a blue ribbon!

      Sue Schairer
      , California
      , United States
      , 13 years ago
    • One of the easiest and toughest. Started using in south MS and now have it in north MS over several years as a perenial

      J. R. Owens
      , Mississippi
      , United States
      , 13 years ago
    • Excellent plant for Florida sun & heat. Needs just a little water to survive and with average irrigation plant is beautiful.

      , Florida
      , United States
      , 13 years ago
    • It looked outstanding all summer long and continued looking great into fall, right up until it was encased in ice in December.

      K. Meyer
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 13 years ago
  • 77 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2010 Rising Str Dallas Arboretum
    2010 Rising Str Dallas Arboretum
    2010 Rising Str Dallas Arboretum
    2009 Top Consumer Choice - Winter University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2009 Best of Breed Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Best-Looking Flowers University of Delaware
    2009 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2009 Top Consumer Choice - Winter University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2009 Best Varieties Penn State University
    2009 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
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