|Helichrysum milfordiae; photo by Todd Boland|
- Description and general information
- This low, cushion-forming alpine is native to the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, growing at an elevation up to 2800m. Plants develop a cluster of small, tight rosettes which are covered in silvery-hairs, lending this plant year-round attraction. In late spring-early summer, plants produce 3-4 cm diameter stemless flowers. The flowers are white or sometimes tinted pink and like the annual members of the genus, have typical papery petals.
- This species is hardy to at least zone 5. They prefer well-drained soil and a sunny site. They dislike winter-wet. I place a pane of glass over my plant to help it through my winters which typically have 8 feet of snow per season.
- Bloom period
- Spring in the south, into early July in the north (Newfoundland).
- By seeds, cuttings and division
- Fresh seed have best germination; direct sow in pots at room temperature; no stratification needed.
- Plants can be divided spring or summer (spring best) but cutting material often produces better plants.
- Single rosettes can be struck from April through August and rooted in a lightly shaded, damp sand bed.
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Created by mike.
Last Modification: Tuesday 13 of October, 2009 14:37:50 CDT by Todd Boland.
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