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​Rhodanthe ‘Paper Stars’

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Rhodanthe ‘Paper Stars’

This pretty daisy is covered in tiny white paper flowers with a yellow centre. It’s ideal for gardens with a cottage feel. 'Paper Star' will also grow in a pot or hanging basket and the fine-leaved foliage will soften the edges of pathways or the sides of large tubs.

'Paper Star' prefers morning sun with protection from strong afternoon heat. Soil should be moist but well-drained. Mulch well and give an occasional deep watering during extended dry periods. A light dressing of slow-release fertiliser during spring and autumn will boost flower production. Prune by up to one-third after the main late spring flush to maintain a neat, compact habit and to encourage a second flush of flowers in late summer/autumn. Trim lightly after the second display.


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To dry the flowers, cut the stems just as the flower begins to open and hang in loose bunches, upside down, in a dry place out of direct sunlight. In 3-4 weeks the flowers will be properly dried and will retain their shape and colour indefinitely.

By the way, some of you will know this plant as Helipterum anthemoides. Taxonomists decided to split the large genus of Helipterum into several new groups and H. anthemoides has been reclassified as Rhodanthe.


Text: Linda Ross

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Author: Linda Ross