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Herbaceous PerennialSynonym

Helichrysum angustifolium

An evergreen subshrub or woody-based perennial to 70cm high, with aromatic, narrowly linear, silvery leaves to 4cm long. Produces flat to dome-shaped flowerheads to 8cm across, made up of clusters of tiny bright yellow florets tightly packed in cylindrical bracts, from early to late summer. Flowers open out to release fluffy white seeds in autumn

Synonyms
Helichrysum angustifolium
Gnaphalium angustifolium
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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver
Summer Yellow Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Helichrysum can be annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials or shrubs, usually with grey-hairy foliage and papery everlasting flower-heads

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a poor to moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Protect from cold drying winds, hard frosts and winter wet

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown as soon as ripe, or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Pruning group 10 in spring

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to downy mildews and powdery mildews

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