Argusia gnaphalodes, Heliotropium gnaphalodes, Sea Rosemary, Sea Lavender

Argusia gnaphalodes, Heliotropium gnaphalodes

Sea Rosemary, Sea Lavender
Family: Boraginaceae
Origin: West Indies
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Argusia gnaphalodes produces white and off-white flowers that last the whole year on and off, making it a great source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. The large shrub can reach up to 5 or 10 feet in height, while the small shrub has a maximum size of 2 to 5 feet tall. It has an ornamental foliage that is both elegant and eye-catching and makes it a great addition to any garden, both in seaside and inland regions.

This plant, being native to the West Indies, thrives best in warm climates and is only appropriate for USDA Zones 9 through 11. It requires full sun and moderate amounts of water, making it both drought and salt tolerant. In cold regions, it can be grown in a container, preferably one made from a breathable material to let moisture evaporate. It should be planted shallowly, no more than two to three inches deep, and its soil should sit in a tray of water to keep the plant sufficiently moist.

When grown indoors or in a pot, Argusia gnaphalodes should be given plenty of sunlight, preferably at least 6 hours a day, and watered regularly to keep the soil moist but not soggy. In cold weather, it should be moved to a warmer area or sheltered from frost. Fertilizing once in the early spring and perhaps once in the fall should be enough to provide it with the necessary nutrients.

Overall, Argusia gnaphalodes is a great plant for any garden, as it provides nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, can tolerate drought and salt, and offers an ornamental foliage to liven up any space. Its low-maintenance care makes it an ideal option for any gardener, whether at home or in a commercial setting.

Similar plants:

Argusia gnaphalodes, Heliotropium gnaphalodes, Sea Rosemary, Sea Lavender

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