Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

The Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), also known as Strawflower, is one of the so called ‘paper daisies’, and are recognised by their erect flower heads composed of a centre of very small yellow flowers forming a cluster surrounded by stiff yellow bracts, that give an appearance of petals. These bracts can also be tinged a reddish brown.

Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

A flowering plant in the family Asteraceae they are native to Australia. They were formerly known as Helichrysum bracteatum, before being transferred to the genus Xerochrysum.

Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

Found growing across a variety of habitats from sub-alpine areas, down to rainforest margins and arid desert regions, the Golden Everlasting are a food source for a variety of larvae of the lepidopterans (butterflies and moths), as well as the adult butterflies, hoverflies, beetles, grasshoppers and native bees (who are often seen on the flower heads).

Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

A popular flowering plant, it has been intensive bred, producing a range of colourful cultivars for gardens and the floral industry.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Asterids
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Genus: Xerochrysum
  • Species: X. bracteatum
  • Binomial name: Xerochrysum bracteatum

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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