An eye catching small perennial shrub, Gold Dust has plumes of golden yellow flowers in late winter and spring. The foliage is attractive grey green and is sculptural and upright to a metre high. Likes a sunny spot in well drained soil, dry tolerant and can take light frosts. Flowers can be cut for floral work and last well. Cut back hard after flowering and fertilise with a handful of all purpose fertiliser to encourage new growth.
|Scientific Name:||Ozothamnus diotophyllus|
|Common Name:||Rice Flower|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||0.7 ~ 2 metres|
|Width:||0.2 ~ 0.3 metres|
|Flower Colour:||Yellow, Gold|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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