Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February
|Common name ||yellow buttons|
|Scientific name ||Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Labell.) Steetz|
|Etymology || |
Genus: Greek, chryso, golden; cephalus, head. Referring to the golden flower heads.
Species: Latin meaning 'ending abruptly in a short point', referring to the leaves.
|Distribution ||Occurs in all states and territories in Australia in a wide range of environments. |
|Native habitat ||This extremely variable species occurs in a wide range of habitats, but is most common in open sites on edges of woodland or in heathland.|
|Description ||A low growing perennial herb. With such a broad distribution it is not surprising that this species varies considerably in form, from a sparse erect plant up to 60 cm in height and with narrow leaves to much lower sprawling plants with fleshy leaves 1 cm wide.|
|Flowering/fruiting ||Flowers mainly in spring and summer, but can spot flower throughout the rest of the year.|
Location in Garden
You can see these plants in the Visitor Centre Carpark and the annual beds at the base of the Connections Garden.
It is a very adaptable plant in the garden - it prefers full sun to dappled shade, free-draining soils, it copes with light to moderate frosts and is drought tolerant. It can be used in massed plantings or informal drifts and looks good in rockeries or scattered among other plants.
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