Helichrysum petiolare

Kooigoed / Mattress Everlasting

A vigorous shrubby, spreading perennial with soft  aromatic leaves covered in silver-grey hairs. In mid-summer it is covered in tiny yellow, honey-scented flowers. Use it in rockeries and borders, as hedges or in pots and hanging baskets. It is still used as medicinal plant to treat respiratory ailments.


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Indigenous to South Africa
Sun / Semi-shade
Medium. Grey, hairy foliage makes it very waterwise and drought-tolerant
Attracts bees and other pollinators
The Khoikhoi used the leaves as bedding – some campers and hikers still do