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Rhodanthe anthemoides

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhodanthe (rho-DAN-thee) (Info)
Species: anthemoides (an-them-OH-id-eez) (Info)

Synonym:Helichrysum anthemoides
Synonym:Helipterum anthemoides
Synonym:Acroclinium anthemoides

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral pokerboy On Aug 18, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Loves well drained-soil. A great perennial plant. Dead head to produce more flowers. Will grow in poor soil. Likes full sun. pokerboy.

Neutral lauraw On Jan 14, 2003, lauraw from Davis, CA wrote:

Perennial plant forms a compact, gray green mound 1' tall to 2' wide. Foliage has a slight camomile scent when bruised. Dark red buds bloom heaviest in winter and spring opening into white daisy like papery flowers with bright yellow centers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Albany, California
Davis, California
Huntington Beach, California
Oakland, California
Seattle, Washington

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