Annuals from the Mediterranean region having the coloured radiating scarious involucral bracts of the Everlastings, and employed for the same purposes; but the other characters are those of the Thistle tribe. Receptacle paleaceous, pappus bristly. Outer involucral bracts brown, small, scaly, imbricated. The name indicates the nature of the flower-heads, being a compound of 41 Xeranthemum 257 dry, and 41 Xeranthemum 258 flower.

1. X. dnnuum. - A branching plant from 1 to 2 feet high, with linear cottony leaves and solitary terminal purple, pink or white flower-heads on long peduncles.