Hookers Mountain Daisy
A rather rare perennial in the daisy and sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to open lowland or montane areas such as cliffs, bluffs or rocky areas to 450 m (1500 ft.) on the South Island of New Zealand. It forms an open cluster or mat of rosettes of broad, entire leaves to 40 cm (16 in.) long that are green above, silvery and finely hairy below, and rise from an underground rootstock. The daisy-like flowers are held above the leaves on a long stalk. In cultivation, it is one of the more easily grown Celmisia but still somewhat of a challenge. It prefers a sunny position in a drier temperate climate on well-drained ground and dislikes heat and humidity.