Chrysocephalum semipapposum ssp. semipapposum

Clustered Everlasting

Erect perennial aromatic herb, stems sticky, rising from underground stems (rhizomes), covered in silky white cobweb of hairs flattened to the stem.

Additional information

  • SynonymHelichrysum semipapposum
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.8 m x 1-3 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSticky narrow to oblong leaves, grey-green, densely silky-hairy on both surfaces or below only, 2-50 mm x 1-4 mm. Very variable in size, shape & texture.
  • Flower colourBright yellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersDense clusters of small daisy flowerheads at the ends of stems.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dry soils in both open and closed forests. Frost tolerant, some forms snow tolerant. Full sun, semi-dappled shade.
  • Garden useAttractive garden plant creating swathes of golden flowers especially in summer. Suitable to underplant trees. Can be cut back to the base after flowering. Will spread in a garden setting.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesChrysocephalum semipapposum ssp. lineare may occur in the Shire. It is distinguished by cottony or short woolly hairs on the stems and leaves which are not sticky.
Photographer/s: 1 Marty White ©; 2 SYR library; 3 Chris Clarke, NatureShare ©

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