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!
Flambe® Yellow Strawflower Chrysocephalum apiculatum
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).
FeaturesI've been KNOWN to steal the GARDEN...
Tufted yellow flowers on silvery foliage; very heat and drought tolerantAward WinnerFall InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryDrought Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:8 - 14 InchesTrails Up To:24 InchesSpacing:8 - 12 InchesSpread:8 - 12 InchesFlower Colors:YellowFlower Shade:YellowFoliage Colors:SilverFoliage Shade:SilverHabit:TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To Hard FrostHardiness Zones:9a, 9b, 10a, 10bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Use in planters or landscapes; great in informal driftsMaintenance 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 airFlambe® Yellow Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Flochryel' USPP 19,175, Can 3,280
Matthew Lamb, Maryland, United States, 4 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.adrienne, California, United States, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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 perenialJ. R. Owens, Mississippi, United States, 9 years ago
Excellent plant for Florida sun & heat. Needs just a little water to survive and with average irrigation plant is beautiful.Mike, Florida, United States, 9 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, 9 years ago
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