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Helichrysum petiolare (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Helichrysum petiolare (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Zones 16, 17, 22-25, 27
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Helichrysum petiolare

Licorice Plant
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals, Perennials

HELICHRYSUM

These denizens of sunny, dry sites are grown mainly for their handsome, woolly leaves.

Helichrysum petiolare

From South Africa. Grows to 1 1/2–3 ft. tall, with trailing stems to 4 ft. White, woolly, inch-long leaves; insignificant flowers. A licorice aroma is sometimes noticeable—in hot, still weather, for example, or when leaves are dry.

‘Licorice Splash’ has variegated yellow-green foliage. ‘Limelight’ has luminous light chartreuse leaves. ‘Variegatum’ has leaves with white markings and is often grown as an annual.

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