Helichrysum sanguineum

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Red everlasting
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Scientific classification
H. sanguineum
Binomial name
Helichrysum sanguineum

Helichrysum sanguineum, commonly known as Red Everlasting (Hebrew: Dam Hamakabim) is a flowering plant of the genus Helichrysum in the daisy family (Asteraceae).

H. sanguineum is a protected plant in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The flower has become the icon of Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. In Israel, it is known as "Blood of the Maccabees" (Hebrew: דם המכבים‎, Dam Hamakabim). The name is derived from a legend saying that in every spot where the flower grows, a drop of blood has spilled on the earth.[1] Since 2019, the non-profit organization Dam HaMaccabim has been distributing pins with the Red Everlasting flower throughout Israel.[2][3]

In Arabic, the flower is known as "دم المسيح" (dam al-Massiah), meaning "blood of the Messiah".

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