Anaphalis margaritacea, Western Pearly Everlasting
Scientific Name: Anaphalis margaritacea
Common Name: Western Pearly Everlasting
Also Called: Common Pearly Everlasting and Pearly Everlasting.
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Anaphalis lanata, Anaphalis margaritacea var. angustior, Anaphalis margaritacea var. intercedens, Anaphalis margaritacea var. occidentalis, Anaphalis margaritacea var. revoluta, Anaphalis margaritacea var. subalpina, Anaphalis occidentalis, Antennaria margaritacea, Gnaphalium margaritaceum, Nacrea lanata)
Duration: Perennial with rhizomes
Size: Up to 3 feet.
Growth Form: Subshrub; erect, multiple narrow vertical stems, stems whitish with dense white hairs (tomentose).
Leaves: Dark green to gray-green above; woolly white under; 3 to 5 inches, alternate, linear or linear oblong, margins entire, revolute.
Flower Color: Pearly white "flowers"; male and female flowers, yellow or brownish disk flowers are surrounded by tiny pearly white bracts; flower heads in flat-topped clusters; inflorescence branching from upper stems in cymose panicles, fruit an achene with white hairs.
Flowering Season: July to October, late summer, benefits from monsoon rainfall.
Elevation: 4,500 to 8,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Various higher elevation habitats, pine forests, uplands, sunny openings, roadsides and disturbed sites.
Recorded Range: Throughout most of the United States, Canada and northern Mexico, absent in the central and eastern southern United States. In Arizona in the north, east and southern parts of the state.
U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.
Comments: Western Pearly Everlasting is a high elevation attractive conspicuous showy plant, a whitish wooly looking subshrub native to most of North America. It has been cultured as an ornamental both in the United States and Europe, where it is now naturalized.
The persisting "flowers" are actually dried pearly white bracts or phyllaries that surround the numerous yellow or brownish disk flowers, making it a natural for artificial flower arrangements. Western Pearly Everlasting attracts a host of insects including butterflies.
A poultice of boiled leaves was applied to burns and the leaves were smoked or chewed for the common cold. See full species account from Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.