Answer: Helichrysum is a member of the Asteraceae (composite) family. Strawflowers are Helichrysum bracteatum, annual plants from Australia. Helichrysum petiolare, the licorice plant, is a perennial in warm winter zones and an annual in your gardening zone. It comes from South Africa. They do produce insignificant flowers, but are mainly grown for their trailing foliage. Plant classification has more to do with the appearance of the flowers than it does with the foliage or growth habit of a plant. Both the strawflowers and the licorice plants have daisylike flowers which puts them in the Asteraceae family. Hope this clarifies things for you!
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