any of a Mediterranean genus of plants having flower heads that are dry and retain their colour and shape for years: family Asteraceae (composites)See also immortelle
Word Origin for xeranthemum
C18: New Latin, from Greek xero- + anthemon flower
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Historical Examples of xeranthemum
A great variety of beautiful balsams were also in flower, a species of Amaranthus, a Xeranthemum and Gnaphalium.