Yellow Buttons, Common Everlasting.
Chrysocephalum apiculatum, Helichrysum apiculatum.
Presence in Australia
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Various communities and vegetation types on range of soils.
Variable perennial herb 7-60cm high forming loose clumps of woolly silver-leafed stems. May die back in dry conditions, but re-shoots after rain.
Main growth autumn and spring. Palatable to stock. Eliminated by overgrazing.
Golden-yellow flowers, mostly Sep-Nov.
Dec-Jan. Monitor closely as mature seeds dispersed by wind.
From surface-sown seed. Germinates in 2-5 weeks. Capillary watering recommended. Also from cuttings.
Excellent groundcover for bare or disturbed sites.
Good habitat. Flowers are a nectar source for butterflies. Insect-eating birds attracted.
For roundcovers, rockeries, slopes, containers, hanging baskets and for cut and dried flowers. Plant in groups for best effect, at 60-70cm spacing. Prune old stems to ground when plants start growing in autumn.
Used by European settlers to kill intestinal worms.