Common name: Everlasting, Paper Daisy
Origin of Scientific Name
Rhodanthe - (Greek) rhodo - rose-coloured, and Anthos - flower.
chlorocephala - (Greek) chloros - green, and cephale - head; referring to the green outer bracts on the original type specimens.
rosea - (Latin) rose, rosy or pink.
The Everlasting is a native to Western Australia, growing predominantly on sandy soils in the semi-arid region of the south of Western Australia.
This erect annual herb grows 5–50 cm tall with terminal daisy flower heads from white to crimson and all variations in between. The flowers appear from August to November and generally have a yellow or black centre and grow to 6 cm across. The foliage is yellow-green to mid-green, sometimes with a blue tinge. In the garden they attract many bees and other pollinating insects. The flowers open fully in sunshine, but will close up in overcast or wet conditions, and at night.
- Best sown direct in the ground from mid-May to mid-June. By direct sowing Everlastings you can create streams of vibrant colour in your garden. Try mass planting them with a range of other native annual species for a rich palette of colour during spring.
- Prepare the ground as per a normal seedbed then scatter the seeds at about 100 to the square metre (or 1 gram per square metre) and rake into the soil. Water well and keep moist for the 7-10 days to germination.
- Once established the seedlings should not require as much water, however it is important to maintain the moisture to achieve best results.
- The seed may be collected and stored in a dry area either in a hessian sack or a paper bag and are best collected towards the end of the growing season when the centre of the flower reveals white fluffy seeds.
- Everlastings may be dried by hanging the flowers upside down after cutting, and will last for a long time. This is best done as the flowers first open.
For more horticultural tips view our Plant Notes section and for a practical demonstration of sowing everlastings view our video guide.
View in Kings Park
Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden to see Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea throughout the Western Australian Botanic Garden and in all Kings Park’s cafe gardens in spring.
Want more information?
Refer to the profile for this plant on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' FloraBase online herbarium.