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Care of the plant Helichrysum teretifolium or Dune Scrub Everlasting.

Care of the shrub Helichrysum teretifolium or Dune Scrub Everlasting

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

Common names: Dune Scrub Everlasting, Heath-leaf Strawflower. This species is native to South Africa.

They are highly branched, low-growing evergreen shrubs that reach 50 cm (19.68") in height. The leaves are aromatic, dark green, small and acicular. The interesting white inflorescences have small yellow flowers. They bloom in winter and spring.

They are used to cover dry and sunny slopes, in rockeries, on low walls or in pots. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens. They are also interesting as a dried flower.

Helichrysum teretifolium prefers very sunny exposure and a warm climate. They resist occasional low intensity frosts.

Use light, well-drained soil; they prefer sandy soils.

Always water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with compost in late winter and mineral fertilizer in early spring.

Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring.

Images of the shrub Helichrysum teretifolium or Dune Scrub Everlasting

Helichrysum teretifolium
Helichrysum teretifolium