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Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower)

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Plant description

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The shape and felt-like texture of the flowers and foliage make this one of our most iconic wildflowers. There are a number of wild forms of this species from compact bun-shaped plants to taller shrub-like habits. The flowers can be cut for indoor decoration and this helps to prune the plant. This species needs very good drainage and commonly grows in sandy soil types. There are some named selections available as well.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.2 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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