Now reclassified as Chrysanthemum pacificum, commonly known as the gold and silver chrysanthemum, it is a species of flowering plant in the Aster family.
This plant is noted for it's low, mounding growth and striking, deeply lobed, silver variegated foliage. Some gardeners grow it mainly for its foliage, but it is covered with small, button-like yellow flowers in late autumn and winter when other plants have stopped flowering. It is very beneficial to wildlife at this time of year and is covered with a variety of bees and other insects busily collecting the pollen and nectar. This plant is excellent as a ground cover, as a foliage plant in a border or in a container, we are surprised that it is not more widely grown here. It is an excellent soil stabiliser and will grow between stones and paving.
It thrives in full sun but some afternoon shade is beneficial. It grows well in all types of soil provided there is good drainage and is drought tolerant in the summer. This plant will reach full height in 2 to 3 years. It spreads over time by underground rhizomes and can reach a width of 1m in a few years. It needs to be cut back hard after flowering to let in light and encourage new growth.
It is native to Japan, where it is endemic to the island of Honshu. Its natural habitat is along the Pacific coast where it often grows on sea cliffs.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.