Dzūkija ethnographic region.

Section 53. Trikojis – Didžiasalis.

The Latin name for the dwarf everlast or immortelle (Helichrysum arenarium), means golden sun growing in sandy places. The Latvian name (dzeltenā kaķpēdiņa) comes from the fact that the flower cluster of the plant resembles a cat's foot. The dwarf everlast grows in dry, sunny meadows, where there are distinctly sandy soils, therefore it is an integral part of the landscape of Dzūkija dry meadows and open places. In Latvia, the plant is mainly found in the south-eastern part. The dwarf everlast is known as a medicinal plant. It is used against colds, skin and intestinal diseases, depression and anxiety. In dried form, it is also a popular ornamental plant. Although the dwarf everlast is not a protected plant, the number of these plants diminishes as natural habitats wane and open spaces become overgrown.