One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous Australian and South African xerophytic plants constituting the genus Rhodanthe (family Asteraceae (Compositae)), which have daisy-like everlasting flowers; especially the pink-flowered Australian R. manglesii, often grown as a half-hardy annual. Also (in form Rhodanthe): the genus itself.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Rhodanthe from post-classical Latin Rhodanthe, name of a character in mythology from Hellenistic Greek Ῥοδάνθη, name of a character in mythology from ancient Greek ῥόδον rose + ἄνθος flower. The application of the name to this particular plant is apparently arbitrary.
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