This beautiful iconic plant with its felty flowers and foliage is a wonderful addition to any garden. It does best in well-drained soils in dappled shade or partial sun, but will tolerate full sun as long as the root system has protection provided by other plants, boulders or logs etc
If you have clay soils, don’t despair. You can still grow flannel flowers in raised beds, or they make excellent potted plants.
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, has developed a range of flannel flowers called Federation Stars. This range includes Starbright and Parkes Star which are perfect for your garden or potted collection. We have also released Lucky Star which is a long-stemmed variety for the cut flower trade. Lucky Star will help to stop the bush-picking which is depleting the wild populations by providing a consistent, high quality product to the flower markets.