Helichrysum are related to the sunflower although are a very different looking plant. Used widely as garden plants some varieties are also used for extraction of the essential oils which are used in aromatherapy. One of the most widely grown species is H. petiolare. Wonderful soft foliage silvery green and with a fragrance.
Like the sunflower and prefer a well drained sunny position and a humus rich moist soil, however many species are very drought tolerant as well.
- H. elatum (syn. Coronidium elatum) is known as the ‘White Paper Daisy’ . Tall growing often to over 1m in height.
- H. argyrophyllum is a yellow flowering species that will grow well in very dry areas with poor soils. This one is the the Cape are of South Africa.
- H. leucopsideum is known as the ‘Satin Everlasting Daisy’, found widely in Southern Australia.
- H. petiolare is also known as the liqorice plant.
- H. bracteatum is now Xerochrysum bracteatum
Helichrysum are suitable for growing in pots or rock gardens and do well in coastal conditions.