Origin of name:

chryso / chrys = golden
argyr = silver

Diagnostic characters:

Bright yellow bracts
Large heads
Branched inflorescence
Long, linear grey leaves


Bushy perennial herb up to 400 mm high, old stems bare and woody below, otherwise leafy throughout, stems, leaves and base of each head enveloped in silvery, silky, skin-like indumentum. Leaves up to c. 75 (�90) x 5 (�6) mm, narrowly lanceolate, apex long-acuminate, base slightly narrowed, half-clasping. Heads heterogamous, broadly campanulate, c. 5 mm long, 8 mm across the fully radiating bracts, up to c. 15 in rather congested terminal corymbose panicles. Involucral bracts in c. 5 series, graded, closely imbricate, glossy, outer palest golden-brown or straw-coloured, inner about equaling the flowers, tips obtuse, lemon-yellow, radiating. Receptacle honeycombed. Flowers 38�75, 4�13 female, 30�62 homogamous. Achenes c. 1 mm long, broadly cylindric, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, about equaling corolla, scabridulous, bases cohering lightly by patent cilia.


Flowers between February and April.


Recorded from Limpopo and Mpumalanga, from Woodbush and Haenertsburg in the North, South to the Barberton Mountains and the low Drakensberg on the Mpumalanga-KwaZulu-Natal border, western Swaziland, and the mountainous parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Grassland and Savanna Biomes.



Helichrysum chrysargyrum Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 286 (1910); Compton, Fl. Swaziland 629 (1976); Hilliard, Compositae in Natal 206 (1977).



Lectotype: Limpopo Province, 2330CD, Mpome, Schlechter 4728 (Z; BM; K; PRE; S, isolecto.).






Compton 25077 (NBG; PRE); Devenish 1694 (E; K; MO; NU); Hilliard & Burtt 10001 (E; K; M; MO; NU; PRE; S); Scheepers 930 (PRE).