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Last Update 06/03/08

Plant of the Month

Helichrysum apiculatum (syn. H. ramosissimum)

 'Baby Gold'

 'Baby Gold' features yellow button flowers over trailing silver foliage which has a pleasant pineapple scent. Button-like flowerheads, produced in corymbs or singly, are everlasting when dried. This is a wonderful flowering perennial for the summer garden.  Helichrysum 'Baby Gold' is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial of the Asteraceae family.

Helichrysum apiculatum (syn. H. ramosissimum)

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   'Baby Gold'

Botanical Name:   Helichrysum apiculatum (syn. H. ramosissimum)

Family:  Asteraceae

Plant Type:  Clump-forming herbaceous perennial

Origin: Dry sunny sites of Europe, Asia, and Africa

Zones: 8 - 11

Height:  12"

Rate of Growth: Moderate

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Moist, well drained, moderately fertile

Water Requirements: Keep from wilting, moderately drought tolerant once established

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer weekly for best growth and flower production

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Clump-forming herbaceous perennial, spreads to 16"

Leaves:  Broadly lance-shaped, wooly, gray-green/silvery-white to 5in long

Flowers: Yellow, button-like flowerheads, produced in corymbs or singly, are everlasting when dried. Blooms spring to autumn.


Pests or diseases:  Aphids, leafminers, and white flies

Uses:  Summer bedding, borders, containers, hanging baskets

Bad Habits: 

Cost:  $ -- Very reasonable

Propagation:  Sow seed in spring, obtain in nursery flats, increase by division

Sources:  A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

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