Olearia nummulariifolia

Olearia nummulariifolia photographed at a Hebe Society member’s garden, Cheshire, UK

Olearia nummulariifolia (syn Olearia nummularifolia) is a medium sized, much branched, evergreen shrub, reaching 10 ft (3 m). Its stiff branches give the bushes an unusual appearance. The leaves are small, thick, oval and yellow-green in colour. The flowers are carried at the branch tips.

Olearia nummulariifolia is found in scrub, usually at 2,000–4,500 ft (600–1,400 m), from the East Cape southwards in the North Island of New Zealand, and throughout the South Island. Hardy in cultivation in the UK.

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