Greek aktinos — ray or spoke, referring to the spreading bracts.
Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves divided into 3s. Flowers daisy-like, in a head surrounded by radiating, often woolly bracts. Outer flowers often male, inner ones bisexual and/or female, white to cream, green or pink. Petals 5, spoon-shaped to round or absent. Fruit flattened, 5-ribbed.
Grown for the ornamental, woolly, daisy-like bracted flower heads.
Seed or cuttings.
Petal-like flannel bracts surrounding daisy-like flower head.
18 species from Australia (endemic), 1 from New Zealand.
Source: (2002). Apiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.