Arctotheca calendula may also look like this. Petals slightly more rounded at the tips and leaves variously coloured and damaged as if they’ve been through the wars, suggest to casual observers that they don’t know you. Sometimes good to don sunglasses and remain unrecognised!
Adapted to a wide range of conditions and living exposed at the lowest levels on the earth, the passing traffic has to be endured. Not only may mobile species, big or small, tread on your head, but anything blown about may end up on top of you, like sand or worse.
Every trick played by life elicits a counter-trick from the unflappable survivor. So new leaves and stems will be grown, surfacing above incidental sediments and see the sun. And whatever decays in the earth right here may become tomorrow’s nutrients.