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Calocephalus brownii * Cushion Bush

Calocephalus brownii is a plant I use when Artemesia or Santolina are not white enough. The Cushion Bush is a short-lived perennial that has a wiry texture. It stays nearly white and often grows to 12" tall and 3' across. Typical life spans for the Cushion Bush in my gardens has been 2-3 years with a few plants lasting longer. I have not had any problems with cold at temperatures above 25° F. I have had plants die off suddenly with heavy soils. I have stressed it with dry conditions and the plant performs well for several years. If you are looking for an unusual texture to add to to the gray garden Calocephalus brownii is a plant to try.

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Calocephalus brownii, Cushion Bush