APS Sutherland: Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve Virtual Tour

10 - Silver foliage plants

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Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower) Many of the plants in this theme garden have silver or grey foliage. Many of the leaves are also hairy. The colour and hairs are adaptations to reduce water loss from the leaves in hot, dry conditions. Sydney's humidity and high rainfall is often detrimental to these plants that have adapted to much drier and harsher conditions. Many need to be grafted onto hardy rootstock to survive here and be planted in raised beds with free drainage and good air flow around them.

Silver foliage provides a contrast in the garden. Look out here for the tree Acacia binervia, shrubs such as Zieria cytisoides and the daisy Coronidium elatum, and groundcovers such as Themeda triandria prostrate and Carex gaudichaudiana.

Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower - pictured right) has hairy grey leaves and white flowers.