Olearia nummularifolia

5 Jan

Olearia nummularifolia (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Olearia nummularifolia (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 2m

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 8b 9a 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Asteraceae

Olearia nummularifolia is a slow growing evergreen shrub with a rounded habit. Its dark green fleshy leaves are obovate with entire rolled margins, are up to 1cm long and 5mm across. Its fragrant white flowers are daisy like with cream centres, up to 5mm across and appear terminally in clusters of up to 3.

Olearia nummularifolia Leaf (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Olearia nummularifolia Leaf (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Olearia nummularifolia, commonly known as Daisy Bush, is from New Zealand. In its native habitat it grows in alpine regions in areas of low scrub.

The etymological root of the binomial name Olearia named for Johann Gottfried Olearius (1635-1711), a German theologian and botanist. Nummularifolia is derived from the Latin nummularia meaning ‘coins’ and folium meaning ‘leaf’.

Olearia nummularifolia Seed Heads (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Olearia nummularifolia Seed Heads (07/12/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Olearia nummularifolia useful as an evergreen flowering shrub suitable for coastal regions as it is tolerant of maritime conditions.

Ecologically, Olearia nummularifolia flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Olearia nummularifolia prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. This shrub dislikes wet soils.

Olearia nummularifolia requires little maintenance.

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