Helichrysum patulum (Honey Everlasting, Everlasting, Kooigoed, Impepho)

Indigenous

  • Description.  Soft felt-like aromatic foliage that is unusually grey and smells a little like Comfrey when crushed. Leaves are deep-green above and covered with a whitish felt. Big flattish heads of small creamy flowers are carried on long stalks and have a deep strong honey scent that may bring on sneezes. Originally called Kooigoed in Afrikaans because the plant was traditionally used as bedding material. The foliage repelled parasites and insects and ensured a good night’s sleep. Mass plant to form a grey groundcover or use as a border plant.
  • 1 m x 1 m.
  • Sun
  • Small rounded shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Frost hardy
  • Moderate watering
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – September to February