Anaphalis margaritacea


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Anaphalis margaritacea, also known as Pearly Everlasting, is a beautiful and versatile perennial herb that can grow up to almost a meter tall and bush out just as wide. Its white flowers with yellow centers bloom for many weeks from mid-summer to early fall, making it a stunning addition to any garden or landscape. The long and narrow silvery leaves add a touch of elegance to this already magnificent plant.

Pearly Everlasting is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in sandy or gravelly soils and is highly drought-tolerant, making it a great option for gardens in dry regions. It can also tolerate both full sun and partial shade, making it a versatile choice for various light conditions.

In addition to its ornamental value, Pearly Everlasting has a long history of medicinal use by Indigenous Peoples as a painkiller, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, and sedative. The whole plant may be used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, pulmonary affections, burns, sores, ulcers, bruises, swellings, and rheumatic joints. An infusion of the plant is also steamed and inhaled in the treatment of headaches.

Pearly Everlasting is also a larval host for skippers and American Painted Lady butterflies, making it a great food plant for these beautiful creatures. And if that’s not enough, the leaves and young plants are even edible when cooked.

Please note that we do not recommend using this plant for medicinal or food purposes without proper knowledge and guidance, as many plants can be poisonous or harmful if eaten or used externally. The information on food and medicinal value is only added for interest.

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Plant Size

Height 1 m

Pot Size

10 cm

Water Use



Full sun, Part sun/part shade

Soil Moisture


Soil Description

Sandy or gravelly soils

Perennial herbs from rhizomes; stems usually unbranched, leafy, white-woolly, 20-90 cm tall.

Basal leaves few, deciduous; stem leaves alternate, narrowly lance-shaped with a conspicuous mid-vein, 2-15 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, greenish above, white-woolly beneath; margins often rolled under.

Heads small, discoid, in dense flat-topped clusters; involucres 5-7 mm tall, woolly at the base; involucral bracts dry, pearly white, sometimes with a dark basal spot; disk flowers yellowish.

Achenes small, to about 1 mm long; roughened; glabrous to sparsely hairy; pappus hairs white.



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