Olearia insignis (syn. Pachystegia)


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Yet another plant to make one pine away for South Island shores, like we needed more reason. Low-mounding Asteraceae shrub from New Zealand (I know I know the longing is increasing). Rounded evergreen leaves with a silvery-white midrib, margin, and underside, new leaves emerge fuzzed in the same glowing argent. Cheery yellow and white daisy flowers in late summer. Drought tolerant and desirous of a dry alpine setting, gonna be pushing it on hardiness here and likely even in 8b but stunning enough to be worth a try at the zone-push in a sheltered location or against a warm wall.


Plant Type

  • Shrub
  • Evergreen

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)
  • Zone 10 (30 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Dry

Bloom Time

  • Summer
  • Drought Tolerant Plants