Coronidium elatum, White Everlasting Daisy
Coronidium elatum was previously known as Helichrysum elatum and is commonly known as the White Everlasting Daisy although this name could apply to any number of native daisies.
Coronidium elatum is a perennial that may reach a height of two metres. At this height plants become a trifle straggly. Judicious pruning will keep plants bushy with copious flowers. Both stems and leaves are covered with white hairs, giving plants are woolly appearance. Leaves are lanceolate and up to ten centimetres long. Papery white flower-heads are up to four centimetres across and appear in spring.
Coronidium elatum will often regenerate after bushfires and on dis turbed areas such as roadsides.
White Everlasting Daisies, in our cold climate garden, survive for two growing seasons. After this, plants “run out of steam”. We now treat this species as an annual. Native cottage gardens and rockeries would benefit from the addition of this colourful, if short-lived, daisy.
Propagate from seed and cuttings. As with most daisies, cuttings take root rapidly.
Coronidium elatum occurs in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
The genus name was changed in 2008 by Paul G. Wilson. The genus name is from the Greek and means little crown and refer to the remains of the pappus bristles after they have broken off. The species name means tall.
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