The Unusual Flannel Flower

Flannel flwrs

The flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) is so named because of the soft woolly feel of the plant. An unusual feature of the flowers is their ‘flannel’ texture. The petals are actually modified leaves, usually called bracts. The true flowers form the centre of the flower.

Although the flowers are daisy-like in appearance, flannel flowers are actually related to carrots, parsnips and celery

The Flannel Flower is the floral emblem for New South Wales