Common name: Grey Podolepis

Family: ASTERACEAE

Podolepis aristata flower. Photo: D. Blumer.View image slideshow

Origin of Scientific Name

Podolepis originates from the Greek podos (foot) and lepis (scale). It refers to the scaly stalks of the overlapping bracts at the base of the flower head.

Description

This wiry annual grows upright to about 40 centimetres and boasts grey-green, hairy leaves approximately 10 centimetres in length. Podolepis aristata is at its best during October - November, displaying many bright, egg yolk yellow, daisy-like blooms that reach 2-3 centimetres diameter.

While the pink everlasting is often associated with early spring time in Western Australia, there are many complementary annuals that can be planted to extend the life of your wildflower display well into November. Podolepis aristata is one such species.

For a floral bonanza that continues into early summer, you can companion plant Podolepis aristata with a combination of Calandrinia species, Sturt Desert Peas, Ptilotus species, Xerochrysum bracteatum, Brachyscome species, Trachymene caerulea or even Waitzia species.

Horticultural tips

  • Podolepis aristata can be propagated from seed sown in early May in a nursery environment and transplanted into your garden towards the end of July. Alternatively, you can leave Podolepis aristata to self seed in the garden.
  • You can grow Podolepis aristata in full sun grown in large pots, using native potting mix, or in the ground.
  • Water Podolepis aristata regularly throughout its lifespan and use a slow release 3-4 month native slow release fertiliser.
  • Podolepis aristata is not prone to pest or disease.

For more horticultural tips view our Plant Notes section.

View in Kings Park

Visit Kings Park to see Podolepis aristata planted opposite Aspects of Kings Park, at the Botanic Garden entry, and at the latest attraction: The Botanic Terraces (refer to map).

Want more information?

Refer to the profile for this plant on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' FloraBase online herbarium.

Podolepis aristata in WA Botanic Garden. Photo: D. Blumer.Podolepis aristata planted with red Kangaroo Paws in WA Botanic Garden. Photo: D. Blumer.Podolepis aristata in WA Botanic Garden. Photo: D. Blumer.

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