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Helichrysum petiolare Limelight - Licorice Bush

Helichrysum petiolare Limelight can provide light and contrast to a garden. This is a floppy tangled shrub, 2 feet or more tall and up to 6 feet wide. I trim them regularly and vigorously to keep them where I want them. Helichrysum Limelight will perform well in full sun and even in fairly dark shade. It is in the dry shade garden that I find the most need for this plant. The lime green leaves look almost neon when grown in a dark space. The foliage contrasts nicely with plants with dark or red foliage. My favorite combination is to plop a large brightly colored phormium or Pennisetum setaceum rubrum in a mass planting of Helichrysum Limelight. Plants need only a little additional water once established. Helichrysum Limelight is hardy into the low 20°s F. Helichrysum petiolare has become a weedy pest in some areas, care should be taken with the Licorice Bush when planting near wildlands

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Helichrysum petiolare Limelight