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Ammobium alatum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
am-MO-bee-um a-LAH-tum
Description

Native to Australia, winged everlasting is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae).  It prefers warm days, cool nights, and well-drained soil in full sun.  It does not tolerate wet soils.  Temperature stress combined with humidity and afternoon rains can result in disease.  It is a tender perennial grown as tender annual that self-seeds in North Carolina.  It is commonly found in woodlands or along roadsides or grasslands. This plant requires 12-15 inches of available space.

It is typically grown for dried-flower production, but they are also useful as fresh cuts for flower arrangements.  The common name winged everlasting comes from the ribbed, or winged, stems the plant produces.  It is beautiful planted in masses or along borders.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bikini'
  • 'Grandiflora'
Tags:
#bees#white#deciduous#yellow#full sun#summer#white flowers#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#cut flowers#wasps#mass planting#dried flowers#silver#well-drained soil#bracts#roadside#daisy-like#woodland#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bikini'
  • 'Grandiflora'
Tags:
#bees#white#deciduous#yellow#full sun#summer#white flowers#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#cut flowers#wasps#mass planting#dried flowers#silver#well-drained soil#bracts#roadside#daisy-like#woodland#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ammobium
    Species:
    alatum
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. & SE. Australia
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees hoverflies and predatory wasps.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 3 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1/2- 3/4" bottle cap-like flowers with silvery-white petals open to reveal yellow centers on stiff stems. Yellow centers darken with age. Technically, the silvery-white "petals" are actually bracts, which is a type of leaf.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaf rosette is 12 inches.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Winged or ribbed, wooly
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Specialized Bees