Closely related to Chrysocephalum semipapposum[
Gnaphalium apiculatum Labill.
Helichrysum apiculatum (Labill.) DC.
Helichrysum insigne Domin.
Helichrysum odorum DC.
Helichrysum semiamplexicaule Domin.
Common Name: Common Everlasting
Common everlasting is a very variable perennial plant that can be herbaceous or a woody shrub. It can be a sparse, erect plant, or with stems trailing over the ground, and ranges in height from 7 - 60cm[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. A very ornamental plant[
], it can be cultivated as a ground cover.
Australia - all areas, including Tasmania.
Better soils in grasslands and forests, on sandy soils and decomposed basalt in the montane zone[
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A very adaptable plant, found growing from the warm temperate zone into the tropics in areas with widely ranging rainfall from arid to moist. Plants can tolerate at least some frost[
Succeeds in a wide range of soils and conditions[
]. Prefers an open, sunny position[
When planted at 70cm centres, plants grow quickly to cover the ground and form a compact mat, however, this is seldom enough to smother the more vigorous weeds. The stems occasionally form roots where they touch the ground, though only in the most favourable conditions, and the plant is unlikely to become a nuisance[
]. Plants growing close to large trees tend to be more sparse than those in the open but still provide a good ground cover[
Cuttings are easy at any time of the year[
Division of suckers in spring. Pot up the divisions and grow them on in the greenhouse until they have formed a good rootball. Plant out in the summer.
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