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Plant Profile: Woollyhead (Craspedia uniflora)

Native to New Zealand and Australia, this herbaceous perennial is a member of the aster family, Asteraceae, that also includes daisy, sunflower, and lettuce.  It has  simple, opposite green leaves with white ciliate margins and globose  white to yellow or orange flower heads half to one inch across on a stalk up to 6″ tall in summer.  A good choice for rock and alpine gardens as well as attractive in the vase both fresh and dried.  The genus name, Craspedia, is from the Greek word kraspedon meaning edge or border and refers to the fringe-like leaf margins.  The specific epithet, uniflora, comes from the Latin words unus meaning one, and flos meaning flower.


Bloom: Globose flowerhead of white to yellow or orange flowers, in summer

Size: 6-12″ H

Light:Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, moderately moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 7-10

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seed, division

Companion Plants: Aurinia  saxitilis, Deloperma coooperi, Sedum spurium