|Helichrysum thianschanicum 'Icicles'|
H. thianschanicum is a small perennial shrub that grows 2 ft (61 cm) tall and wide. It resembles a lavender plant with basal branching and erect stems and is covered with 2 in (5 cm) long linear leaves that are covered with white pubescence. Yellow clusters of flowers are produced at the ends of stems during the summer. Up to 30 yellow, 1⁄3 in (8 mm) florets are in each cluster. In its native habitat, H. thianschanicum develops a finger-sized rhizome.
H. thianschanicum 'Icicles' is a cultivar commonly grown in the United States for its foliage. During the summer, yellow flowers are produced at the ends of the stems and are composed of up to 30 florets. They are not spectacular but do accent the gray-white foliage. H. thianschanicum is a perennial that originates from a mountain range with hot dry summers and cold dry winters and is difficult to grow in wetter climates. 'Icicles' is usually grown as an annual plant in gardens. It seems resistant to most insect problems.
- Regel, Eduard August von. Trudy Imperatorskago S.-Peterburgskago Botaničeskago Sada 6(2): 307. 1880.