Need ID of trailing Artemesia type of plant for window boxes

caribbeancupcakeJune 13, 2003

In the States I used a silver furry roundleafed trailing plant in my deck boxes. I never new the name. In Florida last trip I bought four of these plants and the tag said Helichrysum. The plant doesn't meet the description on the web. It describes straw flower.Does anyone know the name and where I could buy seed? It takes full sun, has no flower and grows from a central stem similar to a trailing bouquet. Thanks for the help.

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myownzone(z4/5 MA)

You're looking for Licorice Plant or Trailing Dusty Miller (Helichrysum petiolatum)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2003 at 11:15AM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

There are a lot of helichrysums, and they can be very different from one another. I have several as they do well for me. Note that when they are happy, they can be aggressive towards their neighbors.

'Limelight' is a pale chartreuse trailer, with soft succulent fuzzy leaves. Beautiful against something with big dark leaves.

There is a helichrysum which has smaller, rounder leaves of fuzzy gray-green. Tends to spread sideways and get a bit bare in the center stem area. Very much a groundcover plant, it doesn't droop gracefully, the stems are long and forked, branching upwards. Can't recall its Latin name right now although it was listed as a Licorice plant, so probably a variety of H. petiolare.

Helichrysum petiolare 'Variegata' is white and gray-green, fuzzy, and very vigorous. Goes upwards, downwards and sideways -- in fact, any direction it can find. Leaves are round, but a bit larger than its cousin the Licorice helichrysum listed above. The color and shape of the shrub mixes well with other plants.

H. petiolare 'White Licorice' has round, clustered leaves similar to 'Limelight', but in a pale grayish-white, no variegation. It almost looks like a Plectranthus argentatus but the leaves are not toothed.

There is a helichrysum known as the Curry Plant, Helichrysum angustifolium, with very fine spikey leaves and a distinct smell of curry powder (it fades when dried, but you can use it in cooking with fresh leaves). It is more of a dusty miller-type plant in shape and bloom.

Helichrysum bracteatum is the strawflower plant, which of course doesn't look like any of its cousins!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2003 at 10:11AM
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