Pachystegia insignis

Pachystegia insignis photographed at Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe, Scotland, UK

Pachystegia insignis (syn Olearia insignis) is a low-growing, spreading, evergreen shrub, growing up to 1–6 ft (30 cm – 1.8 m) high. The thick, leathery, round leaves are 3–7 in (7.5–17.5 cm) long, mature leaves are shiny green above, white or light brown beneath. The immature flower heads start as felt drumsticks, and open into daisy flowers; summer.

Pachystegia insignis is found in rocky places in Marlborough and north Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. Pachystegia is closely related to Olearia.

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