Olearia erubescens

Moth Daisy-bush

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$1.00 / Gram 2000 currently unavailable Denver

General Description: A low, sprawling shrub, occasionally ascending to 1 m tall, with finely-toothed leaves. Has white and yellow, ‘daisy’ flower heads. Leaves are sharply pointed at the apex and the margins are finely to coarsely toothed and often wavy.

Flowers and Fruit: Leafy bunches of daisy flower-heads to 30mm across at or near the end of the braches. Flowers from September to December. Small seeds are carried in the wind by a parachute like structure.

Site Preference and Tolerances: Well drained soil, including rocky situations, in woodlands and drier forests of the foothills and mountains. Full sun to part shade and will tolerate dry soils once established.

Life Span: Short to medium lifespan (less than 20 years).

Wildlife Value: Many insects feed on the flowers and the seed is sometimes also heavily grazed by insects.

Other Values and Uses: Foliage and profuse flowers are attractive, makes a very good garden shrub. Natural regeneration can be prolific from seed after fire or disturbance if weeds are controlled. Tip prune from an early age to promote growth. Prune back by a third after flowering. Moth Daisy-bush is excellent in mixed shrub plantings and cottage style gardens and is best planted in groups. Reddish new growth contrasts with white flowers and dark green foliage.

Other Scientific Names: Eurybia erubescens

Germination Information: Seed should be surface sown.