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Helichrysum Ruby Cluster


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spacer Helichrysum amorginum Ruby Cluster ('Blorub')

Common name: Strawflower

Plant Breeder's Rights: Europe PBR

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Takao Nursery

Finished plants




Height 8"-10"/20-25cm

Spread 8"-16"/20-41cm
Habit Mounded


Light Full Sun

USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10


Blooming time Spring, Summer

Flower color White
Foliage color Silver


Showy 2-inch (5 cm) clusters of ball-shaped, red buds are cradled in soft, silvery foliage. They open to starry white flowers with prominent yellow centers and the genus' distinctive stiff, papery texture, gradually fading to a soft oatmeal hue. Foliage is attractive all summer, especially if given a light shearing after flowering. Blooms May through June in the US; March through May in the UK. With most plants, gardeners eagerly await the opening of the buds into their final, full-flowered form. Not so in the case of 'Ruby Cluster', whose buds are as attractive and interesting as the flowers they will become - perhaps even more so. Though not hardy in much of North America, it is evergreen in areas mild enough to enjoy it for more than one season. Elsewhere, this is a marvelous annual and a choice container candidate, forming a tidy, uniform mound of silvery leaves. Comes to Rozanne and Friends™ from English gardener Chris Bowyer.

RHS Award of Garden Merit 1995

Uses: Front border, Rock garden, Container
Attributes: Dried flower, Drought tolerant

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