Its most notable feature lies in its blossoms, whose dense, spherical shape resembles the grains of rice. Stems are mostly woody, with many linear leaves, one half inch long. Plant is a woody shrub, classed as a dicotyledon. Flowers are not fragrant.
Since the times of ancient Greece, the plant has been cherished for its “everlasting beauty,” which is likely in reference to its lengthy vase life, especially when dried.