Helichrysum is a genus of plants that includes a number of different composite types. The strawflower is one of the more prominent helichrysum plants. The plants in this genus are characterized by their clustered flowered heads and alternating leaves.
Helichrysum plants normally keep the same color and shape when dried, which makes them useful in arts, crafts and decor. This term originated in the 16th century and was derived from Latin and Greek words. The combination of the two parts of the Greek word means "spiral gold." The regenerative properties of these plants make them useful in treating certain pains and injuries.