Preserving and Drying Flowers and Foliage
AIR DRYING

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Below is a list of plants suitable for air drying. It is by no means exhaustive, and there may well be flowers which you have tried which don't appear on here! The thing to do if in doubt, and the flower doesn't appear in this list, is to experiment to see if it air dries successfully.

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   A
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Acacia dealbata
Acanthus
Acer
Achillea filipendulina
Achillea millefolium
Alchemilla mollis
Amaranthus
Amaryllis
Ammobium alatum
Anaphallis
Anethum
Anthemis nobilis
Artemisia
Arundinaria
Astilbe
Atriplex
Avena
Mimosa
Bear's breeches
Sycamore
Yarrow
Yarrow
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Love Lies Bleeding
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Sand Flower or Winged Everlasting
Pearl Everlasting
Dill
Chamomile
Wormwood, Southernwood, Old Man
Bamboo
-
Dock
Blue Grass
Flowers
Seed Heads & Flowers
Seeds
Flowers
Seed heads
Flowers
Flowers
Seed Pods
Flowers
Flowers
Seed heads
Flowers
Flowers
Stems
Flowers
Flowers & Seed Heads
Seed Heads
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   B
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Betula pendula
Briza
Bromus
Birch
Quaking Grass
Brome Grass
Catkins
Seed Heads
Seed Heads
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   C
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Calendula
Callistemon
Carlina acaulis
Carthamus tinctorius
Catananche caeroleum
Celosia
Centauria
Chrysanthemum vulgare
Cladonia
Clematis
Cortaderia selloana
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Craspedia globosa
Cynara scolymus/cardunculus
Cytissus
Pot Marigold
Bottle Brush
Carline Thistle
Safflower
Cupid's Dart
Cockscomb or Prince's Feather
Cornflower
Tansy
Reindeer Moss
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Pampas Grass
Contorted Hazel
Globe Flower
Artichoke/Cardoon
Broom
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers & Seed Heads
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Whole Plant
Seed Heads
Seed Heads
Whole Stems
Flowers
Flowers & Seed Heads
Flowers & Stems
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   D
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Dahlia
Delphinium ajacis
Digitalis
Dipsacus fullonum
-
Larkspur
Foxglove
Teasel
Flowers
Flowers
Seed Heads
Seed Heads
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   E
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Echinops ritro
Eleagnus pungens
Erica
Eryngium
Globe Thistle
-
Heather
Sea Holly
Flowers
Leaves
Flowers
Flowers
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   F
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Foeniculum vulgare
Fennel
Seed Heads
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   G
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Gnaphallium
Gomphrena globosa
Gypsophila paniculata
-
Globe amaranth
Baby's Breath
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
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   H
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Helichrysum bracteatum
Helipterum humboldtianum
Helipterum manglesii
Hordeum jubatum
Humulus lupulus
Hydrangea
Straw Flower
-
-
Squirrel Tail Grass
Hop
-
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Seed Heads
Flowers
Flower Heads
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   I
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Iris foetidissima
Iris orientalis
Stinking Gladwyn
-
Seed Pods
Seed Pods
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   K
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Kochia
Silver Cypress
Leaves
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   L
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Lagurus
Lapsana communis
Lavandula
Liatris
Limonium
Lonas inodora
Lunaria annua
Hare's Tail Grass
Nipplewort
Lavender
Gay Feather, Blazing Star
Sea Lavender
-
Honesty
Seed Heads
Seed Heads
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Seed Pods
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   M
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Miscanthus
Morina longiflora
Muscari
Grass
Whorl Flower
Grape Hyacinth
Seed Heads
Seed Heads
Flowers
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   N
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Nicandra physaloides
Nigella damascena
Nigella orientalis
Shoo Fly Plant
Love-in-a-Mist
-
Seed Pods
Flowers & Seed Pods
Seed Pods
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   O
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Origanum dictamnus
Onopordon acanthium
Ditany
Scotch Thistle
Flowers
Seed Pods
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   P
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Paeonia lactiflora
Papaver
Phlomis fruticosa
Phlomis samia/russelliana
Phormium tenax
Physalis alkengii
Protea
Peony
Poppy
Jerusalem Sage
-
New Zealand Flax
Chinese Lanterns
-
Flowers
Seed Pods
Seed Pods
Seed Pods
Seed Pods
Seed Pods
Flowers
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   R
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Reseda lutea
Rhodanthe - See Helipterum
Rosa - Hybrid Tea Types
Rumex
Mignonette
-
Rose
Dock
Flowers
-
Flowers
Flowers and Seed Heads
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   S
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Salvia
Santolina
Scabiosa stellata
Sedum spectabile
Senecio cineraria
Senecio greyii
Silene pendula
Silybum marianum
Sisyrinchium striatum
Solidago canadensis
Stachys lanata
-
Cotton Lavender
Drumstick Scabious
-
Silver Leaf
-
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Milk Thistle
Satin Flower
Golden Rod
Lambs' Lugs
Flowers
Flowers & Leaves
Seed Heads
Seed Heads
Flower Buds
Flower Buds
Flowers
Seed Pods
Seed Heads
Flowers
Flower Heads
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BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Typha angustifolia
Reed Mace ( incorrectly, Bull Rush)
Flower Heads
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   V
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Verbascum bombyciferum
Mullein
Seed Heads
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   X
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Xeranthemum annuum
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Flowers
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   Y
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   Z
BOTANICAL NAME ENGLISH COMMON NAME PARTS TO DRY
Zea mays
Zinnia
Sweet Corn, Corn on the Cob
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Seed Heads
Flowers
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