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Products > Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Silver and Gold'
Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Silver and Gold' - Silver and Gold Everlasting

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Helichrysum apiculatum]
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Silver and Gold' (Common Everlasting) - A low spreading perennial or subshrub to 1 foot tall and spreading to 2 to 3 feet wide with rounded lance-shaped leaves that appear silvery because of their dense silver hairs. The terminal clusters of bright 1/4 inch wide yellow flowers that darken to orange appear primarily from late winter to early fall but some flowers can be found nearly year-round. Plant in full sun or partial shade (best out in the open) with well-draining soil and irrigate occasionally. Can tolerate a few degrees below freezing but it is best to protect this plant from frost. Reported to be reisistant to deer predation. This is a great small plant for a mixed border or rock garden and well suited to mixed container plantings. It was a selected seedling from Kuranga Native Plant Nursery of Mount Evelyn, Victoria - in Australia this form of the plant is sometimes referred to as the decumbent form to separate it from the upright growing forms. 'Silver and Gold' is a 2007 UCSC Koala Blooms Australian plant introduction. The genus name Chrysocephalum comes from Greek 'chryso' meaning "golden" and 'cephalus' meaning "head", in reference to the rounded golden yellow flower heads. The specific epithet 'apiculatum' is in reference to the leaves having a small point at their tip. Plants in the genius Chrysocephalum were formerly in Helichrysum, with which they share the papery flower bracts.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Silver and Gold'.