The radially symmetrical flowers of the sweet everlasting are small, measuring 6 mm. in width. The white or pale yellow, tapered, overlapping petals are several and form a tightly, packed rounded cylinder that is slightly open at the tip, exposing and dull yellow, bristled anther ring. The bracts are petal-like and contribute to the cylindrical structure of the bloom. Flowers are arranged in sparse, branched clusters atop the terminal shoot.
The stalkless leaves can grow long, averaging 2.5-10 cm. in length, are needle-like, have a prominent crease down the midvein, and are covered with a sparse, white down on their underside. These leaves are several and arranged along the length of the stem.
Sweet everlasting grows best in dry conditions including clearings, fields, and along the edges of wooded areas.
In Greek, the genus epithet of sweet everlasting's scientific name means"tuft of wool" and refers to the wooly down present on the underside of its leaves
This wildflower is a popular component of dried flower arrangements because its robust flowers and delicate appearance make it both practical and aesthetically pleasing.