Cassinia_lepto.JPG (50127 bytes)Cassinia leptocephala: is a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family and could be called the Golden Cassinia.
Cassinia leptocephala is a large, robust, woody shrub that, in the wild, will reach a height of three metres. The stems are reddish and leaves are stiff and linear. They are between five to eight centimetres in length.
In spring and summer each stem is crowned by a large flower head that may be 12 centimetres in diameter. Each flower head contains a large number of individual golden flowers. The Golden Cassinia is a spectacular sight during the flowering period.
Cassinia leptocephala is a native of New South Wales and is found in coastal, tableland and western slope areas.
We have observed this species growing in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park , east of Armidale and along Thunderboltís Way, between the tablelands and coast. A few years ago massive roadworks were undertaken on this road. Large numbers of Cassinia leptocephala colonised the disturbed roadsides. In this case the Golden Cassinia is a pioneer plant and it will be interesting to see how long the species persists in this area.
Cassinia leptocephala responds to pruning after flowering. This will keep the plants to a height of less than two metres with many flowering stems. The plant illustrated was grown from a cutting, is less than one metre tall and has many flower heads.
Propagate from seed and cuttings.