As understood until recently, this is a genus of around 500 species
of annuals, perennials and shrubs, their highest concentration being
in southern Africa followed by Australia, with smaller numbers in
the Mediterranean, west and central Asia, and New Zealand. Belonging
to the daisy family, they all have in common flowerheads with no
ray-florets or petals but instead papery, mostly whitish bracts that
are long-lasting when dried, hence the common names.
Hardiness zone from 7 To 11
Plant Spread From approx. 30 To 180 cm
Plant Height From approx. 30 To 150 cm
Flowering colors: Cream, Crimson, Green, White, Yellow
Cultivation: Most species will tolerate only light frosts and are
best suited to mild climates with low summer humidity, but a few are
more frost hardy. They are mostly rock garden plants, requiring
gritty, well-drained soil that is not too fertile and a warm, sunny
position. A few, such as Helichrysum petiolare and H. splendidum are
more adaptable as border shrubs or ground covers.
Propagate from seed, cuttings, or rhizome divisions.