Jean Naude: Pink sewejaartjies – nature photographer.
Pink sewejaartjies – The genus name Helichrysum is derived from the Greek word helios, meaning sun, and chrysos, meaning gold, and refers to the colourful flowerheads of many species in this genus. The species name appendiculatum is Latin, meaning ‘with appendages’, referring to the upper leaves of the species.
Dried flowers of the genus Helichrysum are said to last forever, hence they are also referred to as everlastings, immortals or sewejaartjies (seven years).
There are about 600 species world-wide, and more than 240 occur in southern Africa.