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Yellow everlasting

Helichrysum cymosum subsp. cymosum

Gold carpet, Yellow-tipped straw-flower (Eng.), Goue tapyt (Afr.)

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This attractive, fast growing ground cover has small silvery leaves and bright flat-topped canary-yellow flowers that bloom from summer to autumn. It grows easily in a wide range of conditions, from coastal dunes to forest margins, and along coastal mountainsides in summer and winter rainfall zones. The leaves are aromatic and traditionally used as a pain reliever, for coughs and colds and as a wound dressing.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested for medicinal uses and can be treated as a cut and come again crop.

Propagation

Cuttings
Root stem cuttings in a sand-based growing medium with compost and fertilizer for nutrients.
Seed
Sow seeds in Autumn or Spring, 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established the plant can go long periods with minimal water.
Attractive flowers
In summer the plant is covered in bright flat-topped canary-yellow flowers.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal Coast
Natural climate
Tropical savanna, sub-tropical and mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
People of the Eastern Cape use dried leaves as a pain reliever, by inhaling the smoke of burning leaves. Fresh leaves are traditionally boiled in water and drunk as a tea for coughs and colds.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
, Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Yellow everlastings can be affected by root rot when planted in soil that does not drain well considered a pioneer plant that often dies back in older parts.
Root Rot
Root Rot
Phytophthora spp.

Companion plants

Plant along with fynbos species like buchu.
False buchu
False buchu
Agathosma ovata

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