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Xerochrysum 'Hastings Gold'

Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Hastings Gold'

(Once known as Bracteantha 'Hastings Gold', formerly Helichrysum 'Hastings Gold")

ORIGIN: Xerochrysum 'Hastings Gold' is a naturally occurring form of Xerochrysum bracteatum found growing at Hastings Point which is on the coast east of Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. Cultivar received by the Authority 15 September 1978. Applicant: G and R Thomas, Everton Park, Queensland.

DESCRIPTION: It is a perennial herb growing to a height of about 250mm. When in flower another 200mm is added to the height as the flowers are held above the foliage. Individual plants reach 700mm across. The leaves are green on the upper surface and grey-green underneath due to a covering of stiff silvery hairs. The leaves are up to 140mm long by up to 30mm wide. The papery flowers are bright yellow with a darker centre and measure 50mm across. They are borne on stems about 200mm long. It is reported that this cultivar flowers most of the year in Brisbane with a peak during spring and summer.

DIAGNOSIS: This cultivar is different from Xerochrysum bracteatum in size of plant and its perennial habit. Bracteantha bracteata usually attains a height of 600mm compared with an overall height of 450mm for this cultivar. It is also different from other registered perennial cultivars of Xerochrysum bracteatum. It is different from Bracteantha 'Diamond Head' in size of plant and size of flower. Xerochrysum 'Diamond Head' grows to a height of 160mm. The flowers are 50mm in diameter compared with 30mm for Xerochrysum 'Diamond Head'. It is different form Xerochrysum 'Dargan Hill Monarch' in size of plant and flower. Xerochrysum 'Dargan Hill Monarch' grows to a height of 600-800mm and has flowers with a diameter of 70-90mm.

COLOUR CODING: RHS Colour Chart 1966 edition.

ray florets: yellow 13B.

inner florets: near yellow orange 23 B.