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Helichrysum 'Silver Mist'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helichrysum (hel-ih-KRY-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Mist

Synonym:Helichrysum petiolare
Synonym:Helichrysum minus
Synonym:Helichrysum petiolare minus
Synonym:Plecostachys serpyllifolia

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive marykins On Aug 2, 2011, marykins from Raymond, WA wrote:

Love this plant as an annual here in zone 8. Wonder if it can be overwinter as an indoor plant & set out again in April- May?? The cuttings root so easily!

Positive ccilch On May 6, 2009, ccilch from Venice, FL wrote:

I am currently using this plant in outdoor planters and since it is doing so well, I am going to use it between paver blocks in a part of my garden that needs some filler. The silver grey color will go well with the pavers.

Neutral Lizziewriter On Nov 19, 2007, Lizziewriter from Holmes, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a pretty plant that grew well in my herb garden this year. I too had voracious caterpillars that turned into (I forget what, something pretty) and then the plant grew back with no problem. I did, however, originally believe it to be an herbal/edible, and since it is poisonous I will not be replanting it. Also, I am grateful that it is an annual/tender perennial, as it grew very quickly and would have probably taken over that half of my herb garden.

Positive Heels On Jan 29, 2003, Heels from Newton, NJ wrote:

I plant for nature as well as myself. This plant was covered with caterpillars which consumed my plants. I was surprised to have the plants rebound in a few weeks healthy and robust. The larvae turned out to be Painted Lady butterflies.

Positive Terry On Jan 27, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This "Licorice Plant" can be grown from seed (most of the perennial varieties can only be propagated vegetatively.)

Some sources list this as H. microphylla, but other information indicates that is not correct.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 22, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant makes a wonderful foliage accent in containers. It is extra-easy to propagate. As unwanted growth is pinched off to maintain the plant's shape, it can be inserted into a pot where it will root without any special care. Since flowering is insignificant, plants should have buds pinched off as they form, making the plant even bushier.


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

Yarnell, Arizona
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Huntington Beach, California
Martinez, California
Santa Ana, California
Sebastopol, California
Stockton, California
Plant City, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Venice, Florida
Rigby, Idaho
Milton, Massachusetts
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Holmes, New York
Woodstock, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Glenpool, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Clarksville, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Duvall, Washington
Ocean Park, Washington
Raymond, Washington

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