In fynbos the daisy family is well represented. And within this family are several species which have dry flowers – even when they are fresh. These are commonly known as the everlastings or sometimes as paper-flowers. My favourite are Phaenocoma
prolifera (the Cape Strawflower), which are a vivid pink in colour when they first open and then gradually fading to white. Their flowering season lasts through the heat of summer and presumably the dry papery flowers minimise water loss. The genus name “Phaenocoma” is derived from the Greek and means “shiny hair”, referring to their conspicuously shiny flowers.