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Olearia argophylla

Musk Daisy-bush

Rounded, open to dense large shrub or small tree with grey ribbony bark, branchlets covered in dense silvery hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size3-10 m x 2-6 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 3-25 m
  • LeavesLarge, shiny dark green elliptic leaves, white to silvery below, 3-12 cm x 2-7 cm. Network of veins on upper surface, margins finely toothed.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersLarge terminal bunches of small daisy flowerheads.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in sheltered gullies and moist to wet forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useScreen or windbreak plant under established trees in moist areas. Silver and green foliage is attractive. Pruning is beneficial.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesKnown to occasionally hybridise with Olearia erubescens in the Dandenongs to form a shrub to 3 m. It has smaller, lighter green leaves and well displayed bunches of flowers.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Yarra Ranges Council photo library

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