Native to New Zealand and Tasmania, this evergreen shrub forms a compact dome that tolerates the dry windy conditions of its natural maritime habitat on cliffs. The oblong leaves are two inches long and have gray-green on top with a silver-white felted bottom surface that is partially revealed by the wavy leaf margins. Leaves develop best gray color in full sun and are more green in part shade. The new shoots and flower stalks are silver-white and echo the white seen on the leaf. Clusters of yellow, daisy-like flower ¾ inch wide are produced in terminal corymbs in summer, but many gardeners grow the plant just for the foliage. Excellent plant for coastal gardens.
Type: Evergreen shrub
Outstanding Feature: Foliage; compact form
Form: Dense, rounded mound
Growth Rate: Moderate
Bloom: Clusters of yellow daisy-like flower in summer
Size: 3’ H x 3’ W
Light: Full sun to light shade
Soil: Dry, well-drained; drought resistent
Hardiness: Zones 9-10
Care: Low maintenance; prune before or after flowering to maintain shape when necessary.
Pests and Diseases: None
Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings