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Care of the shrub Helichrysum patulum or Honey everlasting.

Care of the shrub Helichrysum patulum or Honey 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 patulum, Helichrysum teretifolium, Helichrysum splendidum, Helichrysum petiolare, Helichrysum cymosum, Helichrysum bracteatum, Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum arenarium, Helichrysum rupestre, Helichrysum saxatile.

Common names: Honey everlasting, Strawflower. This species is native to South Africa.

They are rounded evergreen shrubs that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. The curious and aromatic fiddle-shaped leaves are silvery-gray. They produce small yellow or cream flowers with a pleasant honey aroma. They bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer.

They are used on dry and sunny slopes, in borders, as isolated specimens, in rockeries and in pots for patios and terraces. They repel insects and parasites but attract bees. This plant has medicinal properties. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Helichrysum patulum needs full sun or semi-shade exposure and a Mediterranean climate. Frost resistant to -10 ºC (14 ºF).

The soil can be a normal garden soil with 30% coarse sand and a little organic matter. Planting and transplanting are done in spring.

These drought resistant plants need moderate watering waiting for the substrate to dry out completely.

Fertilize with a little compost at the end of winter.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter to maintain a compact habit.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to fungal attack if the humidity is excessive.

They are propagated from seeds sown in autumn and by young cuttings (use rooting hormone).

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Helichrysum patulum
Helichrysum patulum