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Native accross the old world, many species in South Africa), Helichrysum make excellent cut flowers, retaining their shape and color well when dried.

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Licorice Plant   Silver Mist (Helichrysum microphyllum)

Adds texture to mixed combinations, silver foliage reflects the colors around it.

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Plant Types: Annual, Groundcover
Light: Full Sun
Height: 6 inches to 8 inches
Width: 1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet
Leaf Color: Silvery, White
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Deer resistant
Shape: Spreading or horizontal
Fertilizer: Composted Yard Trimmings, Miracle-Gro® Shake 'n Feed® Continuous Release All Purpose Plant Food, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Sow seeds of annuals indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost at 65-70F, germination in 1-3 weeks. Just press seeds into soil surface. Perennial species can be easily grown from half-hardened tip cuttings taken in summer. You can also peg down layers at anytime.

Plant Growth:

Grow in full sun. Frost hardiness depends on type, but prolonged cold is generally poorly tolerated. If wet at the same time as cold, rot will kill them before the frost. Containers should be wintered indoors in colder climes. Its attractive foliage make it good in a container or trailing over a stone wall.


The blooms only have disk florets, no true petals or ray florets. Many have colorful papery, petal-like bracts that surround the flower heads. When cut and dried young, the flowers preserve color and shape well. Trim fading flowers to lengthen blooming period.

Soil and Irrigation:

Grow in light, gritty, well-drained soil. Water during dry weather, but do not allow to become waterlogged.


Either plant with slow-release fertilizer or plenty of compost, or fertilize every 4-6 weeks.


Trim and shape in the spring. Remove any plants that frost kills in the fall. Cut back flowered shoots to promote new growth.


Caterpillars are a threat to foliage. Other problems are rust and powdery mildew.