Plant: This is one of the most abundantly available, well known and frequently used of the Helichrysums. Its dense roundish velvety silver foliage is covered in silver-grey hairs that prevent water loss, while its honey-scented leaves attract many pollinating insects, particularly bees. It occurs naturally in the Western and Eastern Cape. The name Helichrysum is derived from the Greek helios meaning 'sun' and chrysos meaning 'gold' while petiolare refers to long leaf stalks.
Uses: It has traditionally been used for coughs, colds and infections. An infusion of the leaves is used to treat asthma, chest problems and high blood pressure. The smoke of the burning leaves is inhaled as a pain reliever and the leaves are also widely used on wounds to prevent infection.