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Pearly Everlasting

( Anaphalis margaritacea )

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Pearly Everlasting
Western Pearly Everlasting
Asteraceae
Anaphalis
Anaphalis margaritacea
(Linnaeus) Bentham & Hooker f.
BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL, NL, YT, NT
Anaphalis margaritacea var. angustior
Anaphalis margaritacea var. intercedens
Anaphalis margaritacea var. occidentalis
Anaphalis margaritacea var. revoluta
Anaphalis margaritacea var. subalpina
Anaphalis occidentalis
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

Sun

Sand

Dry

Yes

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Taiga Plains, Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains, Boreal Plains, Prairies, Taiga Cordillera, Pacific Maritime, Montane Cordillera

Woodland, Savannah, Forest Edge, Prairie/Meadow/Field, Rocky Bluff

Rooftop Garden (drought tolerant/shallow rooted), Butterfly, Prairie/Meadow
Design Considerations

30 cm

90 cm

Jul - Sep

White/Cream

Yes

No

Black


Skippers| Moths and American Painted Lady







Butterfly Larvae, Bees

No
Conservation Status

No


Interesting Tidbits

Often found at roadsides and in disturbed areas. (Wild Flower Centre, LBJ) The pure white flower is commonly used in dried flower arrangements. Food plant for painted lady butterflies. In folk medicine, it is used as a salve for burns. (Strickland) Habitat Information: Pearly everlasting is so named because of the unique almost round white flower that appears like a dried flower and almost white very soft hairy leaves and stem. It has little preference for habitat and is common in many places throughout Canada and the U.S. It inhabits forest clearings, open sunny dry, sandy and calcareous sites, hillsides, demanding rocky sites with little soil (Evergreen) Garden Uses: Once it gets established, it is a hardy plant that can tolerate very dry soil, and can even become aggressive in gardens (Evergreen). It can tolerate more moist conditions as well as dry, sun and part shade. Insect Relationships: This plant is a very important food source for many caterpillars. Its grey hairy leaves almost like a caterpillar themselves are eaten readily by the painted American painted lady butterfly larva, and in nursery conditions can almost denude the plant before it is sold. (Evergreen) Butterflies, skippers, moths, and American painted lady. (Illinois Wildflowers) Traditional Edible, Medicinal Uses: Plant was used frequently by First Nations for many ailments. Poultice was applied to burns, sores, ulcers, bruises, swellings and rheumatism. Infusion of roots and shoots was used as a laxative and emetic. Leaves are edible. An infusion of the plants was used in steaming hot water and inhaled for headaches. (Plants for a Future) Green Roof: This drought hardy plant has been grown in soil levels 5 inches and up with good results. (Evergreen) This species is deer resistant. (Evergreen)


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