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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Indigenous Beauties : Helichrysum populifolium

Helichrysum populifolium
Poplar helichrysum

Helichrysum populifolium is an amazing plant which is also one of the largest Helichrysum. It grows to about 2m high, by 2m wide. Its leaves are large, soft and velvety, and are quite striking in the shady conditions in which it thrives.

It is found naturally on cliffs and forest margins often as a scrambler, but is quite rare. Its natural growth habit tends to sometimes look a bit messy, but pruning it lightly in winter keeps it looking neat.

It flowers in Autumn, and it's flowers are quite insignificant but abundant.
It is a fast growing shrub, and is ideal in rich, well draining, moist conditions.

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