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Sticky Everlasting, Sticky Paper Daisy

Xerochrysum viscosum


  • Small stiff herb with multiple branches and hair covered stems. 
  • Size: 20-80cm high. 
  • Leaves: Stems with fine hairs or prickles. 30-100mm long, 2-10mm wide linear leaves with bright green elliptic (oval like shape) that have a sticky and rough surface. 
  • Flowers: Bright yellow flower heads, 20-30mm wide. Displays colours of gold, orange, bronze or vibrant yellow. These appear in September till December but may occur later. Large single flower surrounded by many bracts (petals).


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)


ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them. Help scientists answer the question: "How are our animals, plants and ecosystems responding to climate change?"

When To Look

  • Occur annually 
  • Usually flower September to December 

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout from late February!

Where To Look

Common in inland slopes and plains in New South Wales and Victoria. Is widespread in eucalypt  woodland and sclerophyll forest. Common in disturbed areas and roadsides.  Has been known to occur in Queensland and Tasmania.

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes outside of their known ranges so remember to keep a lookout beyond these regions too!

Sticky Everlasting, Sticky Paper Daisy distribution map - ANBG

Sticky Everlasting, Sticky Paper Daisy distribution map - Australian National Botanic Gardens 




  • Australian National Botanic Garden 2015 
  • Florabank 


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  1. What Else?

    Similar to  Xerochrysum bracteatum (Golden everlasting or strawflower), however Xerochrysum bracteatum has broader hairier leaves and larger flower heads

  1. Did You Know?

    • Xerochrysum viscosum was previously named Bracteantha viscosa, and before that as Helichrysum viscosum