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?
My film, "The Secret Lives of Monarchs," is now available on Amazon.
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. I am also publishing a series of butterfly paper-crafts in the Butterfly Gardener Magazine.