Helichrysum, Licorice Plant 'Limelight'

Helichrysum petiolare

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helichrysum (hel-ih-KRY-sum) (Info)
Species: petiolare (pet-ee-OH-lair-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Limelight



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Highlands-baywood Park, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Oakland, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

South Pasadena, California

Temecula, California

Naples, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Detroit, Michigan

Rocky River, Ohio

Lakeside, Oregon

Regina, Saskatchewan

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2018, islay from Long Beach, CA wrote:

In Zone 10 , half a day of sun it is a powerhouse plant . I bought a small one and stuck it in a pot under a standard rose . It is now a huge cascade of leaves. I am going to plant more this year and shall try starting some from cuttings.


On Mar 19, 2016, saskboy from Regina, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

A very versatile and reliable spreader/ filler/spiller for large containers. Combine it with petunia "surfinia yellow", snapdragon " liberty yellow", and potato vine "marguerite" and coleus "wasabi" for a stunning monochromatic combo.


On Apr 24, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A great foliage plant for hanging down over the lip of summer containers. Self-branching.

Not hardy here in New England, but a great plant for bedding and containers.

'Limelight' differs from the species in the chartreuse color of its foliage. The species is much more silvery-gray.

In California, it's naturalized, and CAL-IPC has listed it as invasive of natural habitat.


On Apr 23, 2014, damatapa from Highlands-Baywood Park, CA wrote:

I wanted something to plant in front of our camellias to meander around and behind them to soften and distract from the house foundation- this plant is awesome! "Limelight" gets considerable morning sun and dappled shade the rest of the day- especially the latter in the winter; are watered with the camellias once a week in the summer and not at all in the winter, regardless of how much rain we have (which has been increasingly scarce). Our climate is mild- hardly ever gets below freezing and only a few days over 90. I just loved the way this plant mounds up and spreads out- I clip it frequently, point it in the right direction, and cut off damaged/dead leaves. I am trying "licorice splash" this year in a similar area- hope it works there, too!


On Jul 11, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grow mine in a pot and have to keep watered. However, it is extremely easy to kill it w/ overwatering.


On Jun 2, 2010, joycou from Riverview, FL wrote:

can i propagate helichrysum in water


On Jul 17, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Very pretty plant. Easy to propagate from stem cuttings!


On Nov 14, 2005, leucantha from Loma Linda, CA wrote:

Grows well for me in inland southern California, only 40 miles from Palm Springs. Drought tolerant when watered deeply but infrequently. Stands out and brightens in dry shade. I put it among plants with that contrast in leaf color, size, and shape, and then let it crawl all over, among, through, between them. Can be started from branch tip cuttings in the spring. Try with liriope 'silvery sunproof' gold-striped grass, with pigsqueak, and with echinacea. Also with salvias.


On Oct 4, 2003, Dunedinduo from Cranston, RI wrote:

Plant enjoyed its summer in my New England garden. I left it potted but transplated X1. I've now moved it indoors to enjoy a sunny window. This will be a test for us both. Has anyone info on ph tolerances before I get into trouble?


On Mar 10, 2003, Dinu from Mysore,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

As far as its water needs are concerned, it must be watered, not over watered. I don't think it is 'drought tolerant' because the leaves droop if it is not watered for two days. In Summer, I have to water it everyday. The leaves emit a very pleasant odour when touched.


On Nov 22, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Just put this in last month (Oct 2002) so we'll see how it gets thru the wet winters in zone 9 coastal northern California.

Grown as an annual in other zones - very frost tender.

Sept 2003: All the helichrysums do very well in our mild winter/cool summer Mediterranean climate. Planted in moisture-retentive compost and mulched, they can get by with very little supplemental watering even in summer, but moderate watering (along with good drainage) encourages them no end. I find it necessary to prune them back or they overrun other less aggressive plants. My 'Limelight' is responding to its aggressive neighbors (canna lily clump and white-flowering solanum potato vine) by growing upwards into the potato vine's arbor! Like lambs' ear, a pruning regime helps elimina... read more