Helichrysum petiolare

Common Name – Helichrysum petiolare (Licourice plant)

Plant Identification

Family: Asteraceae
Species: Helichrysum
Plant type: ground covers and shrubs
Variety: petiolare
Note: Native to South Africa, Helichrysum petiolare is a a silver-hued foliage plant ideal for edging, bedding and containers. Licorice plant provides a cool backdrop for pastels and contrasts well with jewel toned blooms and foliage. It is also drought tolerant and very easy to grow. Licorice plant is grown as a perennial where hardy and an annual bedding plant where tender. It prefers full sun and tolerates partial shade.

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helichrysum petiolare

helichrysum petiolare

helichrysum petiolare

helichrysum petiolare

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: Inconspicuous
Colour: white / cream flowers
Flowering time: Spring to summer
Flower size: insignificant
Fragrance: none
Height: 30 to 45 cm
Width: 0.6 to 1.8 m
Foliage description: small, soft, silvery leaves
Foliage colour: silver / gray

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Prefers full sun, tolerates partial shade
Watering: Drought tolerant, water regularly but do not overwater
Soil requirements: Not too fussy about soil, will grow in clay, loam or sand but requires good drainage

Other Information

Propogation: From herbaceous stem cuttings and from seed – direct sow outdoors in autumn. Can also be propgated by simple layering.
Other notes: A tender perennial native to South Africa, Helichrysum survives here as a tough, compact shrub. Its small, soft, silvery leaves are either oval or heart-shaped. Fine silver hairs cover their surface giving them a woolly texture. The trailing stems are branched and form spreading mounds. Where hardy, plants also bear clusters of small, creamy white flowers that appear on tall stems above the foliage.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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