Definition of helichrysum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌheləˈkrīsəm/


An Old World plant of the daisy family. Some kinds are grown as everlastings, retaining their shape and color when dried. Compare with strawflower.
  • Genus Helichrysum, family Compositae.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Latin, from Greek helikhrusos, from helix 'spiral' + khrusos 'gold'. It originally denoted a yellow-flowered plant, possibly Helichrysum stoechas.

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Syllabification: hel·i·chry·sum

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