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Yellow Everlasting

Helichrysum cymosum ssp. cymosum

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Yellow Everlasting Overview

This attractive, fast growing ground cover has small silvery leaves and bright flat-topped canary-yellow flowers that bloom from summer to autumn. It grows easily in a wide range of conditions, from coastal dunes to forest margins, and along coastal mountainsides in summer and winter rainfall zones. The leaves are aromatic and traditionally used as a pain reliever, for coughs and colds and as a wound dressing.

Common problems with Yellow Everlasting

Yellow everlastings can be affected by root rot when planted in soil that does not drain well considered a pioneer plant that often dies back in older parts.

Yellow Everlasting Companion Plants

Plant along with fynbos species like buchu.

How to harvest Yellow Everlasting

Leaves can be harvested for medicinal uses and can be treated as a cut and come again crop.

How to propagate Yellow Everlasting


Root stem cuttings in a sand-based growing medium with compost and fertilizer for nutrients.


Sow seeds in Autumn or Spring, 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed.

Special features of Yellow Everlasting

Drought resistant

Once established the plant can go long periods with minimal water.

Attractive flowers

In summer the plant is covered in bright flat-topped canary-yellow flowers.

Other uses of Yellow Everlasting


People of the Eastern Cape use dried leaves as a pain reliever, by inhaling the smoke of burning leaves. Fresh leaves are traditionally boiled in water and drunk as a tea for coughs and colds.

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