Bracteantha Dargan Hill Monarch: Firstly, due to a botanical reshuffle Xerochrysum is the new name for some Helichrysums. Secondly “Dargan Hill Monarch” was considered to be a cultivar of the old Helichrysum bracteatum (now Xerochrysum bracteatum). We have it a good authority that this daisy will be granted species status.
After that taxonomic preamble we will pursue our discussion of this colourful daisy. “Dargan Hill Monarch” occurs in the McPherson Ranges of south-eastern Queensland. It is a rounded shrub reaching a height of 80 cm., with a spread of one metre. The grey woolly leaves contrast with the large golden yellow flower heads. The flowers are well displayed on long stems. This long flowering daisy would be at home as a foreground plant in a shrubbery, rockeries and native cottage gardens. Our son is planting a dozen “Dargan Hill Monarchs” around the base of a Golden Elm (see image).
Remove spent flower heads to induce dense growth and bounteous blooming. After a few years the plants do become rather straggly. We always keep a few juvenile plants in reserve to replace worn-out adult plants. This is not a problem as “Dargan Hill Monarchs” propagate easily from cuttings.