Friday, December 30, 2011

Cassinia

Cassinia

A genus of shrubs that are part of the larger Asteraceae family.

Cassinia fulvida
A very fine-textured, architectural shrub, reaching up to 5 feet, that is native to high mountains of New Zealand.
Some records include: 5 years - 4 x 4 feet.
The small leaves are glossy green above, golden beneath.
The profuse, tiny, white flowers are borne mid summer to early autumn on current seasons growth.
The stems are golden.
Hardy zones 7b to 9 ( tolerating 5 F ) in full sun to partial shade, preferring poor soil. Rich soil causes lank growth.
Tip pruning encourages dense habit, it also tolerates hard pruning.

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