Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

The Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), formerly Helichrysum cassinianum, is an everlasting annual, with flower heads that often in clusters. The cylindrical flower head emerges out of golden-brown bracts, revealing the pink to white papery petals approximately 1 cm long.

Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

Has densely hairy leaves and stems. Some leaves appear at the base and opposite along the stem.

Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

Named after the French botanist Alexandre Cassini, this small annual usually flowers in the winter months, from July to September. It is common on sandplains and red sandy dunes especially after good autumn rains and can forming vast drifts of colour. Looks spectacular among other wildflowers and in drifts, seen in Western Australia and Central Australia when conditions are right.

Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

More information in our Flora sectionSchoenia cassiniana and the Alice Springs Desert Park floraPink Everlasting.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum Magnoliophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Genus: Schoenia
  • Species: S. cassiniana
  • Binomial name: Schoenia cassiniana

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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