It would be hard to come up with a more apt name for this interesting little gem which is not just beautiful, but also interesting in an ecological sense.
The following pictures show how dramatically the appearance of the plants changes between late autumn and late spring. Please bear in mind that the plants occur in the southern hemisphere, and also that they only grow in the cooler and wetter months (autumn to early spring). They are almost always found in shade, under shrubs or rocks.
End of October (late spring)
Now that summer is approaching, the rosettes have closed to minimize transpiration. As a result of this, the cover of long hairs at the same time acts as insulation against strong light and desiccating winds.