brachyglottis_monroi lvsNative 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

By Karen