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Anaphalis margaritacea is often confused with:
Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium Form
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Verbascum thapsus Flowers
Viola x wittrockiana Flowers
Digitalis purpurea Digitalis purpurea
Anaphalis margaritacea has some common insect problems:
Caterpillars Found on Flowers and Foliage

Sweet Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea

Other plants called Sweet Everlasting:

Phonetic Spelling
ah-NAF-ah-liss
Description

Anaphalis  margaritacea, or Pearly everlasting, is a herbaceous perennial or biennial with long-lasting, yellowish-white flowers resembling tiny asters. In some cases, the plant will overwinter as a low rosette of leaves, while in other cases, the plant completes its growth and development within a single year The plant is found throughout North America and typically grows wild in moist meadows, by rivers, and in sandy and waste places. The dried stalks with their pure white flowers are attractive in dried floral arrangements.

Pearly everlasting grows best in a light, well-drained, moist soil with full sun. However, it tolerates most soils, including dry or poor ones, and light shade. It seems to do well in the shade of buildings, but not the shade of trees, and it tolerates drought better than most species of Anaphalis. Pearly everlasting tolerates frost and usually flowers in late summer with seeds ripening in the fall. The plant is dioecious (that is, individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant) thus both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. However, it is an easy plant to propagate by division. The stem has a soft gray color from the hairs on its surface that makes it a good plant for separating other bold colored flowers that might otherwise clash. Its short stature lends itself to use as an edging plant.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or insect issues. It is somewhat susceptible to damage from caterpillars and it can spread aggressively under optimum growing conditions.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#yellow#full sun tolerant#annual#biennial#gray#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#dried arrangements
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#yellow#full sun tolerant#annual#biennial#gray#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#dried arrangements
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anaphalis
    Species:
    margaritacea
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Dyes can be obtained from the flowers, stems and leaves. The leaves, flowers and stems have been used as an incense.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America, Europe, Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Food plant for Painted lady butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 9 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Flowerheads become wider and more open as their achenes become mature.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Long-lasting, yellowish-white flowers resemble tiny asters. Each mature plant terminates in a flat-headed panicle of flowerheads; each panicle is made up of several small corymbs of 2 to 5 flowerheads. Individual flowerheads are ΒΌ inch long and white to cream-colored; they are conical-oblongoid in shape. The sides of each flowerhead consist of many overlapping bracts that are white or cream-colored; these scale-like bracts are oblong-lanceolate to broadly oblong-lanceolate and they have blunt tips. At the apex of each flowerhead, there are many disk florets that are pale yellow to light brown; the innermost florets are perfect (both staminate and pistillate), while the remaining florets are pistillate. Each tiny floret is narrowly tubular. The blooming period occurs from late summer to early fall and lasts about a month.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are up to 3 inches long and 1/3 inch across, becoming smaller as they ascend the stems. The upper surface of each leaf is mostly hairless and dark green to yellowish green, while the lower surface is whitish green and covered with woolly hairs. Each leaf has a prominent central vein. Foliage has a slight balsam scent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    A central stem, unbranched in the lower half, short ascending branches in the upper half. The central and upper stems are whitish green to nearly white from the woolly hairs that cover their surfaces.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Rock Wall
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Rabbits