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Olearia phlogopappa var. phlogopappa

Dusty Daisy-bush

Open to dense shrub with greyish-white branchlets and leaf undersides from dense covering of tiny star-shaped hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesThin dull grey-green narrowly egg-shaped leaves with blunt tip, toothed margins, finely wrinkled above from depressed network of veins, 25-80 mm x 5-18 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite with yellow centres
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersLarge bunches of daisy flowerheads to 25 mm across, at or near the ends of branches.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in moist to wet forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Dappled and semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive plant which will also cope in full sun. Mulching soil and pruning after flowering beneficial.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesSimilar to Olearia lirata which can be distinguished by longer leaves with a pointed tip and smooth upper surface, with only the mid-vein depressed; 10-16 rays per floret. Pink, magenta and blue forms are also available commercially.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Healesville Sanctuary ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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