This plant is called an everlasting because the dried flowers last forever. Well, maybe not forever, but a long time. However, on this particular species, the plant forms a mat and flowers have very short stems. I am not at all sure how those flowers could be arranged after they were picked. Maybe in a wreath? Anyway, it has lots of flowers and would make a great ground cover given the right conditions. It seems very happy at the UC Botanical Garden. I wonder if it would do well in a garden in Berkeley with normal neglect?
As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I studied Conservation of Natural Resources. I took a couple of entomology classes and became very interested in insects. After I graduated, I held several jobs working with bugs: in the fields of central California, the forests of Connecticut and Idaho, and the labs of Berkeley. Then I went to grad school and studied entomology at UC Riverside and UC Berkeley (back in the olden days when UCB had an entomology department). When my kids were little, I wanted to share my love of insects with them, so I started a butterfly garden before butterfly gardens were popular. Then of course, their teachers asked me to bring caterpillars into the classroom and I started doing classroom presentations. I do presentations in elementary schools, provide teacher trainings, teach adult school classes, and bring live insect specimens to garden fairs. My book is perfect for helping elementary school kids learn about butterflies.