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Sticky Everlasting

Xerochrysum viscosum

Was previously named Bracteantha viscosa, and before that Helichrysum viscosum.

Small stiff herb with multiple branches and hair covered stems. Grows up to 20 - 80 cm high.


Stems with fine hairs or prickles. 30 - 100 mm long and 2 - 10 mm wide linear leaves with bright green elliptic (oval like shape) that have a sticky and rough surface.


Bright yellow flower heads, 20-30mm wide. Displays colours of gold, orange, bronze or vibrant yellow. These appear in September to December but may occur later. Large single flower surrounded by many bracts (petals).


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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • No flowering

  • Open seed pods (record all days)

Climate Adaptations

Climate change will directly affect the ecological communities in which this alpine species resides. An increase in temperature and extreme heat events will reduce viable habitat for this species.

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Occurs annually
  • Flowers September to December

Where To Look

  • Inland slopes and plains in NSW and Victoria
  • Known to occur in Queensland and Tasmania
  • Widespread in eucalypt woodland and sclerophyll forest
  • Common in disturbed areas and roadsides
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What Else?

Similar Species

Golden Everlasting or Strawflower (Xerochrysum bracteatum) has broader hairier leaves and larger flower heads.