|Scientific name:||Paronychia argentea Lam.|
|Common name:||Silver nailroot, Silvery Whitlow Wort|
|Hebrew name:||אלמוות הכסף|
|Arabic name:||رجل الحمامة|
|Stems:||stems 15-30cm, usually creeping, much branched, mat forming|
|Leaves:||Opposite, ovate-lanceolate; entire margins|
|Flowers:||Inflorescence, cyme; 5 White, yellow petals|
|Fruits / pods:||Achenes|
|Flowering Period:||January, February, March, April|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Paronychia, Greek, para, by the side of, near; onyx, nail; "a whitlow," a painful abscess on the side of the nail at the end of a finger or toe. One of the common names for Paronychia is whitlow-wort, an herb thought to be a cure for whitlow.
The Hebrew name:אלמות,אלמוות, almavet, in the Bible, Proverbs 12:28 "In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality". What makes the plant unique is not its white flowers, but the bracts that remain even after the flower's emergence - so it is called "immortal."