• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Compact, shrubby mound to 1 to 2 ft. high and 3 ft. or more wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hel-i-KRI-sum pe-tee-o-LAH-tum
    Sunset climate zones:16, 17, 22 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Compact, shrubby mound to 1 to 2 ft. high and 3 ft. or more wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design IdeasA great perennial for drought-resistant gardens. With its spreading habit, this plant is perfect for slopes and rock gardens, where it thrives in the rapid drainage. Silvery foliage adds interest to perennial borders. Treat as a groundcover by planting in a mass or use sparingly as a spot-in accent plant. This plant's silvery foliage comes alive in the moonlight.
    Companion PlantsCombine this gray perennial with some of the best dryland species with similarly soft foliage such as White Rock Rose (Cistus x corbariensis), Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) and Otto Quast Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast'). Also a natural with the Australian native Mt. Tamboritha Woolly Grevillea (Grevillea lanigera 'Mt. Tamboritha') and the Bronze New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum Compactum') for contrast.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This genus was classified by German botanist Joseph Gaertner in the latter 18th century. He named it from the Greek for sun and gold, referring to the color and shape of the daisy flower heads of its sister species, the strawflowers. This species is native to South Africa, and attributed to Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, the leading member of a famous horticultural family of Switzerland.


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