Chrysocephalum apiculatum ssp. apiculatum

Common Everlasting, Yellow Buttons

A variable species, the local form is a compact to slightly spreading erect perennial herb, covered in cottony or cobwebby hairs.

Additional information

  • SynonymHelichrysum apiculatum
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate - 30 cm x 0.3-1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSilver-grey, densely woolly leaves, narrowly oblong or egg-shaped which are broadest towards the tip, 2-5 cm x 10-25 mm, ending in a short blunt point. Leaves stem-clasping.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersClusters of rounded daisy flowerheads 10-15 mm across, at the ends of stems. Floral bracts yellow, smooth.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils growing amongst grass tussocks. Full sun.
  • Garden useThere are many forms of this species commercially available, some quite vigorous. The local form is more dainty and would make an excellent rockery plant or ground cover, providing a bright display over many months. Pruning encourages new growth.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries. Plants in general nurseries rarely local.
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from a single site. Very common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; Bill Strong, NatureShare ©

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