X – Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum

By Michael Martin On April 28, 2016 · Add Comment · X – Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum

Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum? I think I mentioned earlier in the month that I’m giving over a third of my allotment to cut flowers or just flowers this year. Reason? I use a lot of cut flowers in the Holiday Homes.

B&B , Norfolk, Flowers
Sunflowers at Meadowside Barn B&B

In these times where our lives are blended, work, rest and play all in together, so my Allotment reflects this; a place for work (flowers) rest (outdoor living) play (trying to produce crops) big emphasis on the trying on my behalf.

I was going to attempt a typology for genus of cut flowers but am mostly following the advice of some rather good seed producer I follow on twitter @higgledygarden creative and amusing author of the associated blogs ‘Benjamin Ranyard’

Now X, Y & Z I have left over to cut flower types that I can use, to be honest the other aspect ‘Produce’ never got off the ground I had two takers for a ‘Guest Blog’ this year! Hopless.

Xeranthemum and Xerophyllum are two flowers I’ve not seen advertised anywhere so I thought lets try and be unique at Barn & Beach.

Xeranthemum – Xeranthemum ‘Lumina’ is a hardy annual, one of the prettiest of everlasting flowers; they are simply charming in borders with an abundance of 1 to 2 inch wide, dainty blossoms in four distinct colours of white, rose, crimson and purple. (from http://www.seedaholic.com/xeranthemum-lumina-double-mixed.html)

Xeranthemum
Xeran-themum


The attractive double crested paper-like blooms stand gracefully aloft strong stems of silver-green foliage and have a papery feel. They are excellent for cutting, and if dried are useful for winter decoration. (fromhttp://www.seedaholic.com/xeranthemum-lumina-double-mixed.html)

Xerophyllum – Is probably not going to fit the bill, as lovely as it looks it takes to much space and is probably to slow for the cut flower garden (comments?) It has a charming common name of ‘ Beargrass’ and is easy on the eye, bit not native or practical.

My challenge for X will be Xeranthemum, must ask Ben if he can supply some..


 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “X – Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum”

  1. I’m not big on flowers, but I don’t do too badly with my veg (unless the neighbour’s cat gets in and scratches all the beds up with their poo in them Grrrr). Just hope our cold April doesn’t kill all my seedlings off!
    Jemima Pett

  2. How brilliant. Lots of X’s with flower names. Beginning to realise my childhood was full of the equivalent of allotment experiences in our garden as Dad was so amazing. I gave up growing flowers to use as cut as I liked them being whole and struggled to cut them. Much easier buying ones someone else has cut.

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