Coronidium gunnianum

Pale Swamp Everlasting

Erect perennial herb, cottony stems not or few-branched; spreading by underground stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymHelichrysum aff. rutidolepis (Lowland Swamps)
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-50 cm x 0.5-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesNarrow, grey-green stalkless leaves 2-8 cm x 1.5-8 mm, darker above, tapering but tip not a point, becoming hairless above, flattened cottony hairs below
  • Flower colourLemon
  • Flowering timeSeptember to March
  • FlowersSingle button daisy flowerheads to 20 mm across, bracts below flowerhead straw-coloured and dark yellow. A form within the Shire may have larger flowerheads to 25 mm.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist heavy soil in riverine woodlands and swamp communities. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive spreading herb for borders, cottage, rockeries and small gardens. Prune back hard after flowering.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire.
  • Related speciesCoronidium aff. rutidolepis has been separated into C. gunnianum and C. montanum (previously Foothills and Alps form). C. montanum has leaves that are smaller, to 4 cm long, the same colour and hairy on both sides, with a pointed tip. Flowers are bright yellow to orange. Stems are branching. It occurs in mountains and may occur within the Shire. Both are similar to Coronidium scorpioides which is unbranched, has broad basal leaves in a rosette and larger flowers.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; Coronidium montanum 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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