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Care of the plant Helichrysum petiolare or Licorice-plant.

Care of the shrub Helichrysum petiolare or Licorice-plant

The genus Helichrysum, family Asteraceae, comprises 600 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants native to Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Some species are: Helichrysum petiolare, Helichrysum teretifolium, Helichrysum splendidum, Helichrysum cymosum, Helichrysum bracteatum, Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum patulum, Helichrysum rupestre, Helichrysum saxatile.

Common names: Licorice-plant, Trailing dusty miller, Silver-bush everlasting flower. This species is native to South Africa.

They are small shrubs with a creeping bearing that reach 50 cm (19.68") in height. The foliage is made up of rounded, silvery-gray leaves (there are variegated varieties) and velvety texture. They produce small flowers gathered in groups that protrude from the plant but have no ornamental interest. They bloom in summer.

They are used in hanging pots and to cover dry areas of the garden in frost-free regions. They are ideal for gardens by the sea. They do not resist frost.

Helichrysum petiolare needs full sun exposure and a warm climate. They do not resist temperatures below 2 ºC (35.6 ºF).

They can be grown in any well-drained soil; add some leaf mulch. The transplant is done in early spring.

Always water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry.

They do not need fertilizers.

Prune the tips of young stems in early spring to keep them compact; Prune flower stems as they appear.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate by cuttings in autumn or by division in spring.

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Helichrysum petiolare
Helichrysum petiolare
Helichrysum petiolare