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Rhodanthe species

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - September

Common name paper daisies, everlastings, sunrays
Scientific name Rhodanthe spp.
Family  Asteraceae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek, rhodon, rose; and anthos, flower. Referring to the rose-like flowers of Rhodanthe manglesii.

Distribution Endemic to Australia.
Native habitat In a variety of habitats across Australia.
Description

Small annual or perennial herbs.

Flowering/fruiting Flower in September.

Location in Garden

The annual beds at the front of the Connections Garden

 

In spring these beds are blazing with pink, white and yellow paper daisies. There are a number of everlasting species growing here - pink and white forms of rosy everlastings (Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea), brilliant yellow flowers of showy everlastings (Schoenia filifolia subsp. subulifolia) and the slightly shorter, pink and white Mangles everlasting (Rhodanthe manglesii). All these daisies prefer a well-drained soil in full sun. The top photograph shows the  white chamomile sunray (Rhodanthe anthemoides) which is a species native to the Mount Annan site and therefore suitable for gardens with clay soils preferably in full sun. 

 

 

 

Rhodanthe anthemoides

Paper daisy