Cushion Bush Leucophyta brownii

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Australian Garland Flower


Commonly known as the cushion bush, Leucophyta brownii appears as a compact, mound-forming plant notable for its striking silver to grey foliage. Its leaves are small, finely textured, and covered with fine, silvery white hairs that give the plant a soft, woolly appearance, resembling a silvery cushion or a soft tumbleweed. The cushion bush produces small, rounded heads of yellowish flowers that blend into the foliage, often nearly hidden by the dense, velvety leaves. These flowers are not particularly showy and are sometimes considered insignificant in comparison to the attractive foliage. Overall, the cushion bush is characterized by its unique color and texture, making it a popular choice for garden contrast when planted among other greenery.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Cushion Bush, Silver Bush, Calocephalus brownii

    • Common names

      Calocephalus brownii, Leucophyta brownii.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Cushion Bush, the common name of Leucophyta brownii, is not known to be toxic to humans. Consequently, there is no widespread information on symptoms of poisoning because it is not generally considered a poisonous plant. However, as with any plant, individuals may have specific allergies or sensitivities, so it is wise to handle plants with care and consult a medical professional if any adverse reactions occur after handling or accidental ingestion.

    • To pets

      Cushion Bush, the common name of Leucophyta brownii, is not known to be toxic to pets. There is limited information on its toxicity because it is generally not recognized as a poisonous plant to animals. Therefore, no specific symptoms of poisoning are commonly associated with its ingestion by pets. However, as individual pets can have different sensitivities, it is advisable to monitor your pet if it ingests this plant and to consult a veterinarian if any unusual symptoms occur.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.52 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Drought Tolerance: Leucophyta brownii, commonly known as Cushion Bush, is highly resistant to dry conditions, making it suitable for water-wise gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: Cushion Bush requires minimal upkeep once established, with little need for frequent watering or fertilizing.
    • Coastal Resilience: It thrives in coastal environments, tolerating salty winds and sandy soils.
    • Erosion Control: The plant's dense growth habit helps stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
    • Wildlife Attraction: Cushion Bush can attract beneficial insects, providing them with shelter and a habitat.
    • Landscape Aesthetics: With its unique, silvery-grey foliage and compact form, it adds visual interest and texture to gardens and landscapes.
    • Year-Round Interest: It maintains its shape and color throughout the seasons, offering constant visual appeal.
    • Deer Resistance: Cushion Bush is generally not palatable to deer, which reduces the risk of damage from wildlife grazing.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Aesthetic themes: Leucophyta brownii, commonly known as Cushion Bush, can be used to create a seaside or silver-themed garden due to its silver foliage that reflects a coastal aesthetic.
    • Contrast planting: The unique silver hue of Cushion Bush provides a striking contrast when planted among green-leafed plants or colorful flowers, enhancing garden design by playing with colors and textures.
    • Floral arrangements: The branches of Cushion Bush can be used in floral arrangements, providing an intriguing silvery texture and long-lasting form to bouquets and table centerpieces.
    • Seasonal wreaths: Cuttings from a Cushion Bush can be incorporated into seasonal wreaths and holiday decorations, bringing a touch of natural silver to the ornamentation.
    • Garden bordering: Due to its round, compact shape, Cushion Bush can be used to define garden borders and pathways effectively.
    • Drought-resistant gardening: As it is a drought-tolerant plant, Cushion Bush is ideal for xeriscaping, requiring minimal water to maintain its appearance.
    • Coastal erosion protection: The Cushion Bush's strong root systems can help stabilize soils in coastal areas that are prone to erosion.
    • Art installations: Because of its visually appealing structure, the Cushion Bush can be used in outdoor art installations and sculpture gardens.
    • Film and photography: Its unique silver foliage provides an interesting visual element for film sets or photographic backgrounds in the depiction of alien or fantasy landscapes.
    • Education: Cushion Bush can be used as an educational tool in horticulture and botany programs to demonstrate plant adaptation to harsh environments such as salt spray and poor soils.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Cushion Bush is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Cushion Bush is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Leucophyta brownii, commonly known as Cushion Bush, is a plant native to Australia that thrives in coastal areas where conditions can be harsh. Its ability to endure strong winds and salt sprays symbolizes resilience and the capacity to withstand tough circumstances.
    • Adaptability: The Cushion Bush's capacity to adapt to poor soils and arid environments represents adaptability and the importance of being flexible to survive in various conditions.
    • Simplicity: With its compact and minimalistic form, Cushion Bush symbolizes simplicity and a reminder of the beauty in simple, unadorned aesthetics.
    • Protection: The dense, cushion-like nature of the plant provides a protective habitat for small animals and insects. Symbolically, it represents protection and the need for a safe haven from the elements.
    • Contrast: Its silver foliage stands out against greener plants in a garden, symbolizing contrast and the value of uniqueness in a homogeneous environment.

Every 2-3 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The cushion bush should be watered sparingly, as it is a drought-tolerant plant native to arid regions. Ensure the soil is well-drained and allow it to dry out between waterings. Typically, watering once every two weeks with about 8-16 ounces of water should suffice. During the winter months or cooler weather, you can reduce watering to once a month as the plant's growth slows down and it requires less moisture. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important not to let the plant sit in waterlogged soil.

  • sunLight

    The cushion bush thrives best in full sunlight, making it an ideal plant for spots that receive direct light for most of the day. Ensure it has exposure to at least six to eight hours of direct sun, which will promote its dense, silvery foliage and overall health. If grown indoors, a south-facing window would be the best spot for this light-loving plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The cushion bush prefers a warm climate and does best in temperatures ranging from 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It can endure brief periods of cooler temperatures but should not be exposed to conditions below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Ideal growing conditions are found within the 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit range, which will encourage healthy growth without putting undue stress on the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the cushion bush is important for maintaining its shape and encouraging new growth. Prune in the late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Cut back any dead or damaged stems, and shape the plant as desired. Pruning once a year is generally sufficient to keep your cushion bush healthy and looking its best. Do not prune too heavily, as this can stress the plant and reduce its vigor.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Cushion bush prefers well-draining sandy or gravelly soil with moderate fertility. A mix of equal parts sand, potting soil, and peat is ideal. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Cushion bush has a slow growth rate and requires repotting infrequently, about once every 2 to 3 years or when the plant has outgrown its container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cushion bush thrives in dry conditions and does not require high humidity. It prefers typical indoor humidity levels between 40% to 50%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place cushion bush in a bright spot with sandy soil and minimal watering.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil and low water needs.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Leucophyta brownii, commonly known as Cushion Bush, starts its life as a seed which germinates in favorable conditions, typically in well-drained soil and full sunlight. Upon germination, it develops a root system and sprouts its first silvery-grey leaves. As the plant grows, it forms a dense, mounded cushion-like shape with branching stems covered in small, rounded leaves. Cushion Bush reaches maturity and begins to flower, showcasing yellowish flower heads, mainly in summer or fall, which are less noticeable against the foliage. After pollination, typically by wind or insects, the flowers produce seeds that are then dispersed by wind or wildlife. The plant is a perennial and will continue this cycle, with some individuals living several years under optimal conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Cushion Bush (Leucophyta brownii) is commonly propagated using semi-hardwood cuttings. The ideal time for taking cuttings is during the late summer or early fall when the plant's growth begins to slow, and the stems are no longer green but not yet fully mature and hardened. To propagate, select a healthy stem and cut a piece around 4 to 6 inches (about 10 to 15 centimeters) long, ensuring there are several sets of leaves. Remove the lower leaves to expose a clean section of stem that can be inserted into a rooting medium. Dip the cut end into a rooting hormone powder to encourage root development, then place the cutting into a well-draining potting mix. The cutting should be kept in a warm, humid environment out of direct sunlight until roots have developed, which can take several weeks. Once rooted, the young plants can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions and planted out into their final positions.