Ozothamnus diotophyllus ‘Gold Dust’ – Rice Flower

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
Cultivar:Gold Dust
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
Planting Season:Any
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects


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




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.