Olearia passerinoides (Daisy Bush)

Olearia passerinoides

Olearia passerinoides

Olearia passerinoides flowers during the summer here. The white flowers are about the size of a 10 cent coin. Not spectacular but the white flowers on bright green bushes bring a sense of freshness and coolness to the hot summer days.

This plant is native to the district and is drought and lime tolerant. They are shrubs to about 3 metres tall and 2 metres wide. Not much study has been done on Olearias and their cultivation. The dryland plants need to be pruned to prevent the flowers appearing on the whispy ends of foliage. New growth appears low down in the bush and pruning can be done at these points to force out more dense foliage and create a tidier bush.

Daisy bushes attract butterflies and the birds that chase them. The birds in our yard use the bushes as staging posts to come down to the bird baths.

 

4 Responses to “Olearia passerinoides (Daisy Bush)”

  1. DellaB says:

    Hi Corinne, first-time visitor, clicked over from a link on The Bloggin Nurseryman – I used to live in Adelaide, made a couple of gardens there too, now I am trying to make one in the sand of the Gold Coast, so you can betcha I’ll be back.

    I love the trees, and really need help with things that grow in salt and sand, you have some great reading in here, that will be really useful to me, thank you.

    Nice to meet you..
    Della

  2. Corinne says:

    Hi Della, I am glad you found useful info here. I indulge myself in the choice of plants I write about but hope that readers will find useful info for their own situation.

  3. Stuart says:

    Gorgeous flowers Corinne.

    I haven’t seen you in my RSS feeds lately so I’m guessing you’re enjoying a well earned holiday. I love reading your posts on native plants.

  4. Norman says:

    Hi I would like to know if the daisy bush would be any good at Lightning Ridge the summers are extreme and have been known to have severe frost’s. I sthe palnt a quick grower and does it need alot of water? What other plants would be acceptable in this area the wife and myself would like to have something different in the yard than Bogenvilia like every one else has don’t get me wrong they are a lovely flowering plant but can get boring.
    Thanks Norman

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