Conostylis candicans or Grey cottonheads
Conostylis candicans is an evergreen clumping perennial that will reach around .3m with a slightly larger spread. Attractive blue grey foliage with yellow flowers appearing in spring this a drought tolerant plant that is useful for roadside plantings, or as a border plant. Sometimes referred to as the grey cotton head.
Widely available for sale from mail order and retail nurseries, Conostylis candicans are closely related to Kangaroo Paws.
They are a strap leafed plant that prefer a sunny position and a well drained soil.
C. candicans or Grey cottonheads are one of the more popular species. Conostylis candicans silver sunrise flower (picture right) is one of a number of named cultivars.
Not that fussy about soil except for good drainage Conostylis candicans grow well in full sun and work well in the rock garden. Humidity can caise fungal diseases.
Attractive strappy foliage and not that difficult to grow in a well drained sunny position.
Yellow flowers from winter through spring. Drought tolerant, but may not flower in extremely dry conditions.
Other Conostylis species include:
- C. aculeta – Also kinown as ‘Prickly Cottonhead’
- C. setigera – Also known as ‘Bristly Cottonhead’
- C. bealiana – Yellow trumpet like flowers
- C. argentea – Silver Conostylis with creamy white flowers.
- C. vaginata – Sheath Conostylis
- C. seorsiflora subsp. seorsiflora, a low growing mat forming species