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Raoulia australis

Common Name:
Raoulia
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Family:
Asteraceae (The Sunflower Family)
Geographic Origin:
New Zealand
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
To 2 inches high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
rock gardens
Flowering Season:
Summer
Flower Color:
Pale yellow
Exposure:
Full sun
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
This tiny perennial is related to the strawflowers (one would never guess it except under a hand lens). It forms a tight, almost crusty mat, crowded with tiny, grey-woolly leaves. The flower heads appear merely as pale yellow specks on the foliage in summer. A fine subject for rock gardens and containers, gaining character as it piles up on itself in age. Sun near the coast, light shade inland, well drained soil, moderate watering.