Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Leucophyta brownii

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - January

Common name cushion bush
Scientific name Leucophyta brownii Cass.
Family  Asteraceae

Genus: Greek, leucos, white, grey; phyto, plant.

Species: After Robert Brown, 18-19th century British botanist.

Distribution Occurring in  exposed coastal regions of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
Native habitat Occurs on rocky cliffs and sand dunes.

A dwarf shrub to 1 m with a compact growth habit.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in summer.

Location in Garden

It is looking beautiful in the Annual Beds in front of the Connections Garden.


It is adapted to a wide variety of well-drained soil types and has the ability to withstand the full onslaught of wind and salt spray making it a very useful plant for coastal areas. It needs plenty of sunshine and can tolerate frost and drought but dislikes warm-to-hot humid conditions.

The silver foliage reflects light at night and is excellent for defining path edges; it also provides a contrast to other plants in your garden.




Leucophyta brownii

Leucophyta brownii

Leucophyta brownii