Helichrysum petiolare 'Limelight'
limelight licorice plant
Evergreen, trailing shrub in the daisy family. Behaves as a climber when given support. Woolly, lime-green, rounded to ovate leaves with entire margins, 3.5 x 3.5 cm, emitting a mild licorice scent when crushed. Rarely flowers with insignificant creamy white flowers in late summer. The South African species Helichrysum petiolare is more vigorous and has become an invasive weed in several areas of the world, including New Zealand. The cultivar 'Limelight' won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1992.
Synonym: Helichrysum petiolare 'Aureum'.
Prefers partially shaded position in any well-drained soil. Will also grow in full sun or shade. Drought-tolerant once established. Usually pest-free, but may be affected by powdery mildew. OK for coastal gardens. Prune at any time of the year to keep tidy and compact. Tolerates light to moderate frosts of about -7 to -1 degrees Celsius (USDA zones 9-11).
Looks great when combined with dark green, bronze, or burgundy foliage. Also suitable for large containers.
Type of plantShrub - Evergreen
Sizeto 0.5-1 m tall and 1-1.5 m wide; more than 1 m tall when given support
Landscape Usefoliage colour, ground cover, coastal gardens, dry sites
- Temperature: Frost tender
- Light: Medium High
- Moisture: Low Medium
- Soil: Light Medium Heavy
- Wind tolerance: High
- Coastal tolerance: High