Acroclinium - Sow, plant, care for, dry

Acrolinium, in the garden and in a bouquet of dried flowers!

Acroclinim is a fast-growing annual distinguished by its many colorful pastel white-pink flowers with a yellow heart, with tight, paper-like petals overlapping like scales. The flowers of the acroclinium stand on top of tall stems that can reach 50 cm. Its port is bushy. The gray-bluish foliage is very discreet. The leaves are oval, pointed, not cut. Flowering is quite long, it begins at the very beginning of summer to go until the first frosts. As announced in the title, the acroclinium has the great advantage of holding well when dried to create beautiful bouquets of dried flowers. It is also a flowering plant that is very easy to grow successfully. So don't hesitate any longer and grow acrolinium in the ornamental garden and why not in the flower garden!

Botanical name:

• Rhodante Chlorocephala rosea.

Plant info:

• Cycle: Annual plant
• Foliage: Lapsed
• Hardiness: Non-hardy, frost
• Family: Asteraceae - asteraceae
• Harbor : Tuft upright
• Exhibition: Sun
• Ground : Very drained, rather light. Maybe poor.
• Sowing: March (mild region) - April
• Plantation: Spring mid-May
• Flowering: June to October
• Rooting: Roots
• Cultivation area: All over
• Origin: Australia
• Honey plant: No
• Edible plant: No


• The flowers are numerous and keep well once dried.
• Ideal in flower garden.

What advantages in the garden

• Beautiful flowering from June-July to October.
• Very floriferous plants
• Aesthetic wear.
• Rapid growth.

What exhibition?

• The acroclinium appreciates the sun

What soil?

• Light soil, even poor.

Method of multiplication?

• Sowing

When to plant acroclinium?

• Sowing can be done from month of april in mild / warm regions when others are waiting for the May.

How to sow acroclinium or rhodante chlorocephala?

Sow in place, in a sunny spot:

• Work the soil on a half-spade high to make it fine.
• Depending on the nature of the soil, bring it some sand to improve its draining power.
• Sow in pockets of 3 to 4 seeds at 1 cm deep, Space them 30 cm in all directions.
• Cover with potting soil.
• Tamp down well with the back of a rake.
• Water.
• Keep the soil cool until emergence.
• When the seedlings are a few centimeters, remove the weakest and the plants that are too tight.

When to plant the acroclinium?

• As soon as any risk of frost is eliminated. But be aware that the best way to cultivate them is by seedlings in the ground.

How to plant them?

• Prepare the soil on half the height of a spade, in order to obtain a nice, homogeneous soil.
• Add sand, again to improve the drainage capacity of the soil.
• Prepare transplants according to the cultivated varieties. Between 30 centimeters of space between the plants.
• Top up with the garden soil and potting mix.
• Tamp well without damaging plants.
• Water.

Culture in pots?

• Cultivation of acroclinium in pots is quite possible.
• In a large earthenware pot filled with 50% sand and potting soil
• Place the plant.
• Water, then only in case of drought.

Maintenance of the acroclinium:

• Remove dead flowers throughout the flowering period.
• Watering in case of drought.


• From the end of June to the first frosts in October, sometimes even November.


• Acrolinium “pierrot”: pure white.
• Often sold as a mix, from pink to white.

What to plant with acrolinium?

• Plant it with baby's breath, catananches, coquelourdes ...

Use :

ATa garden: in annual beds, in wild gardens, in flower gardens.
• Without garden:
Pot or planter, in a substrate composed of 50% sand and 50% potting soil.

Quick sheet:


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Acrolinium is an easy plant in the garden that just needs to be sown in a pocket to harvest many flowers from roses to white that are easy to dry to enjoy indoors ... All year round.


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Zoom on flowers for dry bouquets

Many varieties of flowers can be dry. However, some show a more particular aptitude to be dried successfully thanks to their good behavior and especially thanks to the excellent preservation of their colors.

Among the most spectacular in dry bouquets, we find the immortal flowers with bracts, the statices, the acrocliniums, the money-of-the-pope, the baby's breath, the cupids-in-cage, the thistles, the lavender and the amaranths. Some are easily seeded, others are bought in pots and transplanted.

  • The immortal (helichrysum bracteatum) are the most popular flowers for dry bouquets. These annuals are carried by stems 60 cm to 1 m high and exist in various shimmering colors (orange, purple, yellow, copper-brown …), but also pastel (pink, mauve, white, light yellow , apricot…).
  • The acrocliniums (acroclinium roseum) are lesser known annuals than immortelles, which look a bit like them. They are equally easy to grow flowers and look great in dry bouquets. Their stems of 30 to 50 cm are very branched, bearing pink, dark red or white flowers.
  • The statices (statice sinuata) can be used in flower beds in the garden, but are especially popular for dry bouquets. They are perennials to be grown as annuals, bearing blue, yellow, white or pink flowers, united in panicles on a 50 cm stalk. When drying, the statices have a characteristic paper texture and colors that do not lose any of their shine.
  • The lunar or pope's coin (lunaria annua) is a biennial of about 80 cm, which is grown in isolated clumps or in beds, decorating the garden with slight flowers of a purple mauve. The flowers are followed in June-July by flat and round fruits, becoming translucent when they are dry, leaving the seeds to appear by transparency. It is these fruits, and not flowers, which are collected for dry bouquets.
  • The baby's breath (gypsophila paniculata) is a light and graceful perennial in the garden, poeticizing flower beds with its cloud of white flowers, which dry well and also lighten dry bouquets.
  • The physalis or cupcake-in-a-cage (physalis franchetti) are very decorative perennials in the garden at the end of summer В: at the end of their stems of about 80 cm, bright orange calyces form like so many miniature lanterns each containing a small fruit.
  • The blue thistle (echinops ritro) is very decorative in the garden then in dry bouquets. Perennial 70 cm high, easy to grow, it produces spicy azure blue balls from July to September.
  • The lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is a perennial that no longer occurs. It blooms elegantly in the garden in early summer, then, picked early enough, it will continue to decorate and perfume your dried bouquets.
  • Theamaranth (amaranthus caudatus) is an annual flowering in long drooping spikes, of various colors, including a spectacular carmine red. This plant, which used to be very common in the pastoral gardens, is elegant in flower beds and keeps well when dried. You can also eat its leaves, arranging them like spinach.

Video: Acroclinium Bud

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