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Home > Landscaping > Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens and Restoration Projects



Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly Everlasting

Flowering Period: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep June July August September
Flower color: white Flower color: yellow
Full sun Mostly sunny
Dry soil


At a Glance: Clump forming, perennial herb with small withering basal leaves and papery white flower clusters.

Height: Up to 40 inches (100 cm).
Growth Form: Herb.
Stems: Leafy stems are usually unbranched and appear as if they are covered in white wool.
Leaves: Alternate narrowly lance-shaped leaves are green above and white wooly below with a conspicuous midvein. Margins are frequently rolled under; size: 5-15 cm (2-6 in) long.
Flowers: Flowers are very small with yellowish disk flowers surrounded by dry pearly white involucral bracts with dark triangular bases. The flowers which can be male or female appear in late summer. Flowers are in desne flat-topped clusters 15 cm (6 in) across.
Flowering Period: June, July, August, September.
Fruits: Roughened fruits are small with achenes that range from hairless to sparsely hairy. Pappus hairs are white; color: seeds are black.

Anaphalis margaritacea
Photo © 2004, Starflower Foundation
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Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
full sun > 80%
mostly sunny 60%-80%
partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
mostly shady 60%-80%
full shade > 80%

wet
moist
dry

Wetland Indicator Status:
NI (no indicator data)
low elevation
mid elevation
sub-alpine
high elevation


Soil Preferences
(data not available)

Habitat Preferences
Aquatic and Wetland:
Ponds or lakes
Shallow pools
Sloughs
Swales or wet ditches
Seasonally inundated areas
Marshes or swamps
Aquatic bed wetlands
Emergent wetlands
Scrub-shrub wetlands
Forested wetlands
Bogs, fens
Seeps, springs
Shorelines and Riparian:
Lake shores
Bog margins
Streams or rivers
Stream or river banks
Riparian corridors
River bars
Floodplains
Bottomlands
Alluvial areas
Saltwater Areas:
In or near saltwater
Mud flats
Tidal areas
Estuaries
Saltmarshes
Brackish water
Seashores
Coastal dunes or beaches
Rocky or Gravelly Areas:
Coastal bluffs
Cliffs
Rocky slopes
Outcrops
Crevices
Glacial outwash
Gullies
Slide areas
Sub-alpine and Alpine:
Heaths
Snow beds
Tundra
Avalanche tracks
Forests and Thickets:
Forests and woods
Open forests
Coniferous forests
Old growth forests
Deciduous forests
Mixed forests
Nurse logs
Forest edges, openings, or clearings
Thickets
Meadows and Fields:
Pastures or fields
Meadows or grassy areas
Mossy areas
Disturbed Areas:
Roadsides
Trailsides
Logged sites
Burned areas
Disturbed sites

Wildlife Value
Berries
Seeds
Nectar for hummingbirds
Nectar for butterflies
Host for insect larvae
Thickets and shelter
Thorny or protective cover

Insects: The flowers attract pollinators including syrphid flies, small wasps, and skipper and mylitta crescent butterflies. Painted lady butterfly larvae feed on the foliage.


Ethnobotanical Uses and Other Facts
(data not available)


Suggested References



The landscaping and restoration information provided on this page is taken from the Starflower Foundation Image Herbarium. All photographs © Starflower Foundation unless otherwise noted.