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Wormwood Wormwood
Artemesia schmidtiana 'Silvermound'
Lamb's Ears Lamb's Ears
Stachys x 'Silver Carpet'
Stonecrop Stonecrop
Sedum x 'Autumn Joy (Herbstfreude)'

Ajania pacifica

Silver and Gold, Pacific Chrysanthemum

This mound-forming, rhizomatous perennial is prized for its attractive, variegated foliage which lasts all season. It typically forms a dense foliage mound to 18-24" tall that spreads over time by rhizomes to as much as 36" wide. During much of the growing season, this plant serves as an excellent ground cover featuring silver-margined leaves with silvery undersides (to 2" long). Silver and Gold is often primarily grown for its foliage, which works well in containers, in the perennial border, or as a ground cover. Though flowers are not as showy as florists' chrysanthemums, the numerous small, button-like, golden yellow flowers appear as a welcome burst of color in the late-autumn landscape. Somewhat drought tolerant when established.

Attractive variegated foliage
Bright yellow, button-like flowers
Excellent ground cover
Fall bloomer
Height: 1-2 Feet
Spread: 2 Feet
Zone: 5-9
Color: Golden Yellow

Silver and Gold Characteristics & Attributes

Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Accent Plant
Ground Cover
Perennial Border
Mass Planting
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Silver and Gold

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Some afternoon shade is beneficial in hot summer climates. Plants generally tolerate poor soils as long as drainage is good. Wet soils in winter can be fatal. To promote plant vigor and more compact growth, pinch the branch tips in June or July. Easily divided in early spring.

Interesting Notes

Also known as the Pacific Chrysanthemum, the former botanical name for Silver and Gold was Chrysanthemum pacificum. The common name derives from the distinctive silver margins on this plant's fuzzy green leaves that last all season and provide a beautiful backdrop for the golden button-like flowers in late fall.