Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius

Rosemary Everlasting

Erect densely cottony shrub.

Additional information

  • SynonymHelichrysum rosmarinifolium
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1.5-3 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesNarrow dark green spreading to suberect leaves 8-32 mm long x 1 mm, very rough above, greyish cottony below, hidden by tightly rolled under margins.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersDense hemispherical terminal clusters 3-6 cm diameter of 200-500 small daisy flowers. Bracts yellowish to reddish.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet swampy draining soils in lowland areas. Frost tolerant. Full sun to semi-shade. Limited distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden useA floriferous species for damp areas which are not waterlogged. Withstands wet periods. Pruning is beneficial to prevent legginess.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusScattered within the Shire, reasonably common in those sites.
  • Related speciesCan be confused with Cassinia aculeata which can have some leaves longer to 50 mm and wider, to 2.5 mm. Leaves are not quite as rough, may have short bristles above and edges are not rolled under. Flowerhead is broader but has less flowers.
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Helen Moss ©; 2, 3 Ashley Elliot Flora of Melbourne ©

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