Leucophyta brownii – Cushion Bush

 

Cushion bush is a great tough shrub for difficult areas, which brings interest to the garden with its textural growth habit. It has silvery grey stems with tiny leaves, and round umbels of silver to pale gold flowers in summer. Great for coastal sites, as it resist wind and salt spray beautifully. Good in most soils, and likes a sunny spot. A terrific low maintenance plant, drought resistant. Can be pruned to shape if desired, but it naturally grows in a neat bun shaped plant.

Family:Asteraceae
Scientific Name:Leucophyta brownii
Common Name:Cushion Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.2 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.2 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream, Yellow, Mauve
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Erosion control, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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