Helichrysum petiolare

Hilliard & B. L. Burtt

Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 32: 357. 1973

Common names: Licorice plant trailing dusty miller
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 426.
Shrubs or subshrubs, aromatic, to 60 cm. Stems loosely branched, straggling. Leaves petiolate; blades ovate, 1–2 cm, apices obtuse to subacute, faces concolor, silvery green, woolly-tomentose. Phyllaries creamy white.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: "Shrubby plants forming a dense thicket on the slope of Bolinas Ridge above Stinson Beach" (J. T. Howell 1970)
Elevation: 300–600 m



Calif., s Africa (Cape region), introduced in Europe.


The species is included among the invasive species of California (C. C. Bossard et al. 2000); it is native to the Cape region of South Africa, long cultivated in Europe, and now widely offered for sale on the internet. In contrast to the assessment of invasiveness in California, one commercial website selling the species notes this “forms tangled mounds of trailing grey-felted leaves. Given something to scramble up, it will climb. And although this description makes it sound fairly rampant, it is definitely not invasive.” It is often recommended for planters and hanging baskets, where the silvery leaves provide backdrop for bright colors.

The name Helichrysum petiolatum D. Don has been misapplied to plants of H. petiolare.

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Lower Taxa


Facts about "Helichrysum petiolare"
AuthorGuy L. Nesom +
AuthorityHilliard & B. L. Burtt +
Common nameLicorice plant + and trailing dusty miller +
DistributionCalif. +, s Africa (Cape region) + and introduced in Europe. +
Elevation300–600 m +
Habitat"Shrubby plants forming a dense thicket on the slope of Bolinas Ridge above Stinson Beach" (J. T. Howell 1970) +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorBarbara Alongi +
Introducedtrue +
PhenologyFlowering summer. +
Publication titleNotes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh +
Publication year1973 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 702.xml +
SynonymsCompositae +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameHelichrysum petiolare +
Taxon parentHelichrysum +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +