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Roldana petasitis: The Velvet Groundsel

Roldana petasitis is an evergreen subshrub with weak stems that can grow up to 6 feet tall. It has large, velvety leaves that are up to 12 inches wide. The leaves are deeply lobed and have a silvery-green color on top and a purple-red color on the bottom.

Roldana petasitis produces clusters of yellow flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. The flowers are small and daisy-like, with 5-8 petals. They are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies.



Roldana petasitis is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers warm, sunny locations with well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and can withstand some frost. However, it is best to protect it from cold winter temperatures.


Roldana petasitis is a great choice for a variety of applications, including:


  • Container gardening: Roldana petasitis makes a beautiful and exotic container plant.

  • Garden borders: Roldana petasitis can be used as a focal point in a garden border.

  • Screens and hedges: Roldana petasitis can be grown as a screen or hedge to provide privacy.


Here are some tips for growing Roldana petasitis:


  • Plant Roldana petasitis in a location that receives full sun to partial shade.

  • Use well-drained soil that is amended with compost or other organic matter.

  • Water Roldana petasitis regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.

  • Fertilize Roldana petasitis lightly in the spring.

  • Prune Roldana petasitis back in the spring to maintain its shape and size.


Roldana petasitis is a beautiful and unique plant that can add a touch of the tropics to your garden. With its velvety leaves and bright yellow flowers, it is sure to make a statement.

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