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Helichrysum stoechas is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
S. and W. Europe.
Dry banks, rocks and sands.
Requires a light well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position[
]. Intolerant of excessive moisture[
]. Established plants are drought resistant[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to about -10°c[
An aromatic plant with beautiful foliage, there are several named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The stem tops and the flowers are deobstruent and expectorant[
]. They have been used in the treatment of colds[
] but their use is now considered to be obsolete[
The flowers have been used as diaphoretics and discutients[
Seed - sow late winter/early spring in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at 20°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5cm with a heel, early summer/July in a frame. Roots in 4 weeks. Good percentage[