Xeranthemum is a genus of 6 species of annuals in the Asteraceae family, native to Mediterranean and southwestern Asia.
The members of this genus are known for their silvery foliage and colorful, daisy-like, papery flowers. They have alternate, undivided leaves and compact heads of small florets on long stalks.
The name “Xeranthemum” is derived from the Greek words “xeros” (“dry”) and “anthemon” (“flower”).
Xeranthemum is a symbol of cheerfulness, immortality, eternity and everlasting love.
Interesting facts about Xeranthemum:
Annual Everlasting or Immortelle (Xeranthemum annuum)
This genus contains widely cultivated everlastings – Xeranthemum annuum. The plant is native to eastern Europe and western Asia and is an endangered plant in some countries.
Xeranthemum annuum is one of the most popular everlasting flowers. The blooms make wonderful cut flowers and dried flowers. They are often used in dry bouquets, flower arrangements, crafts and decorations.
Everlasting flowers are flowers that retain their form, shape and color when dried, offering their beauty beyond the experience of one growing season, after the other flowers have faded and died.
These flowers come in shades of pink, purple and white.
The species can grow between 30 and 90 cm (1-3 ft) tall.
The plant prefers fertile, moist and well drained soil.