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Cushion Bush Leucophyta brownii

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loo-koh-FY-tah BROW-nee-eye
Description

A dwarf shrub in the daisy (Asteraceae) family.  Grows best in full sun but tolerates partial shade.  Once established they tolerate wind, salt spray, drought, and frost but will die if water-logged so needs a well-drained soil that ideally is sandy.  It does not need supplemental fertilizers and will thrive in nutrient poor soil.  The leaves reflect light and are easily seen at night making them a good choice for a moon garden or they can be grown as a low hedge.  It propagates easily by seed or semi-hardened stem cuttings.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#silver foliage#silver leaves#white leaves#low maintenance#coastal#salt spray#wind tolerant#silver#nighttime garden#contrast#salt#frost tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#silver foliage#silver leaves#white leaves#low maintenance#coastal#salt spray#wind tolerant#silver#nighttime garden#contrast#salt#frost tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Leucophyta
    Species:
    brownii
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. & SE. Australia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Fruit Description:
    Fruiting heads appear grey-bown
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Button-like flower heads form in late spring to summer pollinated by various insects.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Subulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Scale like
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Nighttime Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil
    Salt