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Helichrysum italicum - serotinum (Straw Flower)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Flowering
Form Spreading clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Summer), Silver Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Helichrysum italicum - Cultivation Notes

Helichrysums, like most silver leaved herbaceous plants, prefer to be situated in dry sunny locations. They flourish on dry impoverished soils in full sun and are highly drought tolerant. Trim to shape as required.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Helichrysum italicum:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Helichrysum italicum:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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