Helichrysum argyrophyllum

+600 species of Helichrysum occurring worldwide.~244 found in southern Africa. Helichrysum is derived from the Greek "helios" ~sun and "chrysos" ~gold, referring to the colour of many of the flowers of species in this genus. Info from.. SA National Biodiversity Institute Dunedin Botanic Garden ~rock garden. New Zealand. 07 May 2022. Text and photos by... Continue Reading →

Lambs Ears

Lambs-Ears or Stachys byzantina is a cute plant that most of you will already be familiar with. It has silver furry foliage and is widely grown in gardens. I took these photos on 08 December 2020 in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. It was flowering and being visited by bumblebees. New Zealand. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

Merry Stachys, Bumble Bees

The bumble bees were loving the Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears) when we wandered close for a look on Christmas Day 2019. The attention was too much for some but others stayed for the photo op. Mediterranean Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First two photos taken by Liz, last photo by Nigel. Click on photo... Continue Reading →

Cardoon in the Long Border

at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. I love their silver foliage and they become large imposing plants that add character to the garden. When the flowers develop they're fascinating too. Photos by Liz. Disclaimer: I think these are cardoon rather than globle artichoke - I'll know for sure once I see the flowers. For this... Continue Reading →

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