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Chrysocephalum apiculatum

It is a very adaptable plant in the garden - it prefers full sun to dappled shade, free-draining soils, it copes with light to moderate frosts and is drought tolerant. It can be used in massed plantings or informal drifts and looks good in rockeries or scattered among other plants.

Common nameYellow buttons
Scientific nameChrysocephalum apiculatum (Labell.) Steetz

Genus: Greek, chryso, golden; cephalus, head. Referring to the golden flower heads.

Species: Latin meaning 'ending abruptly in a short point', referring to the leaves.

DistributionOccurs in all states and territories in Australia in a wide range of environments.
Native habitatThis extremely variable species occurs in a wide range of habitats, but is most common in open sites on edges of woodland or in heathland.
DescriptionA low growing perennial herb. With such a broad distribution it is not surprising that this species varies considerably in form, from a sparse erect plant up to 60 cm in height and with narrow leaves to much lower sprawling plants with fleshy leaves 1 cm wide.
Flowering/fruitingFlowers mainly in spring and summer, but can spot flower throughout the rest of the year.
Location in gardenYou can see these plants in the Visitor Centre Carpark and the annual beds at the base of the Connections Garden.
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