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Vegetable Sheep
Raoulia glabra4.jpg
Raoulia glabra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae[1]
Genus: Raoulia
Hook.f. ex Raoul
Type species
Raoulia australis
Hook.f. ex Raoul
  • Psychrophyton Beauverd
  • Gnaphalium section Psychrophyton (Hook.f. ex Raoul) Baillon

Raoulia is a genus of New Zealand plants in the pussy's-toes tribe within the daisy family.[2][3]

Raoulia grow in alpine areas, forming very fine and dense growths.[4] These compact growths form large amorphous cushion-like masses with only the growing tips visible. Due to their shape and form, the plant clusters resemble sheep from afar, this giving them their alternate name, Vegetable Sheep.[5]


Slow spreading, flat rock garden plant with silver-gray, almost moss-like, foliage.

  • sun: full sun, part shade
  • height: 2 inches
  • width: spreads to around 1 ft.
  • water: regular
  • hardiness: 20°F according to one source, 35 degrees F according to another
  • heat tolerance: unknown

See also[edit]

formerly included[1]

see Argyrotegium

  1. ^ a b c d Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  2. ^ Hooker, Joseph Dalton ex Raoul, Édouard Fiacre Louis. 1846. Choix de plantes de la Nouvelle-Zelande page 20
  3. ^ Tropicos, Raoulia Hook. f. ex Raoul
  4. ^ Raoulia bryoides: Vegetable Sheep
  5. ^ Top 10 Ugly Plants
  6. ^ The Plant List search for Raoulia

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