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Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 1.5m

Eventual Spread: 1.5m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Asteraceae

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ is an evergreen shrub with a spreading habit. Its gray hairy leaves are ovate with entire margins, up to 8cm long and 4cm broad. Its yellow flowers are up to 25mm across.

Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' Flower (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ Flower (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’, commonly known as Senecio, is a member of the Dunedin Hybrids and is a hybrid between   Brachyglottis  laxifoliaBrachyglottis greyi and Brachyglottis compacta. Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ is synonymous with Senecio ‘Sunshine’.

The etymological root of the binomial name Brachyglottis is derived from the Greek braxus meaning ‘short’ and glwssa meaning ‘tongue’.

The landscape architect may find Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ useful as a robust evergreen groundcover shrub with attractive flowers. It may be used as an informal hedge. Once established this shrub is drought tollerant. This plant is tollerant or maritime conditions.

Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' Leaf (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ Leaf (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Ecologically, Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ flowers are attractive to polinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ requires little maintenance. Regular pruning will ensure the plant remains bushy and hides it s lower stems.

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