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Variegated Licorice Plant

Helichrysum petiolare 'Licorice Splash'

The woolly, variegated leaves of this spreading shrub add an unusual color and texture to the garden. Excellent when contrasted with other flowering perennials. Easy-care plant.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationhel-i-KRI-sum pe-tee-o-LAH-tum
Average Size at MaturityCompact, shrubby mound to 1 to 2 ft. high and 3 ft. or more wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleMediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Poolside, Rock Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
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.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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