Actinotus helianthi

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 Actinotus helianthi subsp. var.  Flannel Flower
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Habit: herbaceous
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Height: 20 in to 60 in
Width: 20 in to 40 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer, early winter, mid winter, late winter
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 8 to 9
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Flower features: white
Apiaceae > Actinotus helianthi var. ,

Actinotus helianthi known as the Flannel Flower, is a common sight in bushland around Sydney, Australia.

Despite its appearance, it is not a member of the daisy family but rather a species of flowering plant of the Mackinlayaceae family, the same family as the carrot. Its generic name, meaning "furnished with rays", is derived from the Greek stem aktin-/ακτιν- "ray" or "spoke of a wheel" or "sunbeam",[1][2] while its specific epithet is derived from its resemblance to the genus Helianthus.[3] An iconic Sydney plant, its floral display has horticultural appeal which has seen limited use in the home garden and cut flower industry. It grows alongside the related Lesser Flannel Flower.

The flannel flower is generally a herbaceous shrub growing up to 50 cm (18 in) high, although rare specimens can be found to be 1.5 m (5 feet) high.[2] The stem, branches and leaves of the plant are a pale grey in colour, covered in downy hair (rather like a flannel in texture). The attractively lobed leaves are up to 10 cm (4 in) long and 7 cm (3 in) wide, with daisy-shaped flowerheads around 5 or occasionally 8 cm (2-3 in) in diameter. The bracts are cream to white in colour. Flowering occurs in spring and may be profuse after bushfires.[3]

Flannel flowers grow in sandstone heathland in coastal New South Wales and Queensland, and are commonly seen around the Sydney basin in spring.


Plants may be propagated by seed or cutting and grow in a well-drained sunny position, and are suitable for use in a rockery or cottage garden.


Pests and diseases


  • Actinotus "Federation Star".



  1. Liddell & Scott (1980). Greek-English Lexicon, Abridged Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0-19-910207-4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blombery, Alec (1965). "The genus Actinotus". Australian Plants (ASGAP) 3 (22): 63–65. ISSN 0005-0008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Template:Cite encyclopedia

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