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 to prevent water loss, while its honey-scented leaves attract 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.
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Latin Name: Helichrysum Petiolare
Common Indigenous Names: Herbal/Bedding Helichrysum, Licorice plant (English), Imphepho (isXhosa), Kooigoed (Afrikaans).
Uses: Traditionally used for coughs, colds and infections, with an infusion of the leaves used to treat asthma, chest problems and high blood pressure. The leaves are also used on wounds to prevent infection.
Quirky Indigenous Uses:
The leaves and flowers are used as bedding
Clear spaces of negative energy