Dicoma zeyheri is a very hardy, unusual perennial plant with leathery leaves that are white felted below and cobwebby stems.
It bears purplish flowers with spiky silver bracts that are also tinged purple and look like miniature Proteas from January. to May.
They are long lasting and make good cut flowers. Plant in a rockery or in a grassland garden. For an unusual talking point plant in containers. Plant in well-drained, compost rich soil in sun or semi shade and water well in summer.
The seeds are much favoured by insects.
Size 15 to 20cm