One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World plant of the daisy family. Some kinds are grown as everlastings, retaining their shape and color when dried.
Genus Helichrysum, family CompositaeCompare with strawflower
- ‘Olive trees planted in full sun look their best surrounded by scented herbs and silver-grey Mediterranean plants: helichrysum, lavender and rosemary.’
- ‘These helichrysums are grown for their soft decorative foliage and produce masses of the stuff within weeks of being planted out.’
- ‘All the plants are new with the exception of a helichrysum which has made it through two winters with only a little frost damage to the ends of its long stems.’
- ‘After revealing I had permanently frozen feet and a persistently runny nose, I lay down flat on the bed while Julie dabbed helichrysum - a soothing, healing flower essence - on all the acupuncture points she was going to use.’
- ‘For more foliage interest, the designers added ‘Tuscan Blue’ rosemary and bronze flax (both mostly vertical), plus lavender, thyme, helichrysum, lamb's ears, and other plants with a more mounding habit.’
Latin, from Greek helikhrusos, from helix ‘spiral’ + khrusos ‘gold’. It originally denoted a yellow-flowered plant, possibly Helichrysum stoechas.
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