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Xerochrysum 'Golden Bowerbird'

Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Golden Bowerbird'

(Once known as Bracteantha 'Golden Bowerbird', formerly Helichysum 'Golden Bowerbird'

ORIGIN: Xerochrysum 'Golden Bowerbird' is the result of a manipulated backcross between Xerochrysum 'Cockatoo' to one of its parents, Xerochrysum 'Dargan Hill Monarch'. It ius a form of Xerochrysum bracteatum (formerly known as Helichrysum bracteatum). The cross was performed by Mr Doug McKenzie of Ocean Grove, Victoria 3226. Cultivar received by the Authority on 29 September 1980. The applicant is Mr Doug McKenzie.

DESCRIPTION: Xerochrysum 'Golden Bowerbird' forms a shrub plus/minus 40cm tall by 70cm wide and has foliage very similar to both parents. The foliage is grey in appearance due to the heavy tomentum covering the leaves. The inflorescences of the cultivar are carried plus/minus 10cm above the foliage and are up to 10cm across, through more commonly are 9cm across. They are larger than the inflorescences of both the parents. The bracts are numerous, averaging 300 per inflorescence, compared with 80 in Bracteantha'Dargan Hill Monarch' and 200 in Xerochrysum 'Cockatoo'. This gives a "doubled" appearance to the inflorescence. The buds are brown in colour and open to reveal clear yellow bracts and golden orange disc florets. The florets are plus/minus 2.5cm in diameter.

DIAGNOSIS: Xerochrysum 'Golden Bowerbird' is easily distinguished from both the parent forms by its much larger inflorescences, the far more numerous ray florets, and the bush is smaller and more compact than either of the parents. It is also a much brighter gold in colour than Xerochrysum 'Cockatoo'.

CULTIVATION NOTES: The cultivar strikes readily from cuttings. This method must be used to preserve this cultivar form. It has proved hardy in a variety of situations in Ocean Grove.

COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966 edition.

bracts: near yellow group 5A.

disc florets: yellow orange group 23A.


COMPARATIVE SPECIMENS: Xerochrysum 'Dargan Hill Monarch' CBG 8006644; Xerochrysum 'Cockatoo' CBG 7911034.