Conostylis candicans – Grey Cottonheads


A clumping perennial plant with narrow grey leaves, complemented by attractive heads of yellow flowers from winter to summer. Likes good drainage and a sunny spot, and grows in most climates except tropical. Can be used for flower gardens, borders, and looks lovely in containers. Withstands moderate frost. Can take drought, but dry spells may reduce the flowering. Fertilise with a low phosphorus native fertiliser. This plant grows from underground rhizomes.

Scientific Name:Conostylis candicans
Family:Haemodoraceae
Common Name:Cottonheads
Other Common Names:Grey Cottonheads
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.3 ~ 0.8 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor
Special Uses:Erosion control, Pipe and drain friendly, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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