Button Everlasting

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The Button Everlasting (Helichrysum scorpioides). Photo: James Booth — NatureShare.

Attracting butterflies to your garden is made easier by planting nectar rich flowers, which provide butterflies with food for energy.

The Button Everlasting (Helichrysum scorpioides) is a small indigenous plant that grows in well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. This plant does not tolerate salt winds.

This charming perennial herb spreads by underground stems and can form a dense mat. Pruning back in late winter encourages new growth. This everlasting flower is not vigorous in cultivation and dies back temporarily after flowering.

Height: 30 centimetres
Width: 20 to 30 centimetres — moderately fast growing
Flowers: September–December

Your local indigenous nursery can assist you with choosing other indigenous plants that help attract local birds and butterflies to your garden.