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Vick, Albert F. W.
Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth.
Western pearly everlasting, Pearly-everlasting
Synonym(s): Anaphalis margaritacea var. angustior, Anaphalis margaritacea var. intercedens, Anaphalis margaritacea var. occidentalis, Anaphalis margaritacea var. revoluta, Anaphalis margaritacea var. subalpina, Anaphalis occidentalis, Gnaphalium margaritaceum
USDA Symbol: Anma
Individual, erect, cottony stems grow 1-3 ft. tall and are often clumped together creating a bushy appearance. Narrow leaves are gray-green to woolly-white. Globular flowers are actually long-enduring, white, dry bracts arranged around a yellow center. Several evenly leafy woolly stems in a small patch are topped by a crowded, roundish cluster of flower heads with pearly-white bracts, sometimes with a dark spot at base of each outer bracts.
The dried stalks with their pearly-white heads are attractive in floral arrangements. The pure white flower is commonly used in dried flower arrangements.
Good dried flowers; food plant for Painted lady butterflies.
In folk medicine, it is used as a salve for burns. (Strickland)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Canada: AB
, YT Native Distribution:
Nf. to AK,
s. to VA, IA,
the Black Hills, NM
& CA Native Habitat:
Dry prairies; open woods; roadsides; waste places
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
The pure white flower
is commonly used in dried flower
arrangements. Use Wildlife:
Good food plant for Painted lady butterflies. Use Medicinal: In
folk medicine, it is used as a salve for burns. (Strickland) Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Larval Host:
Skippers, American Painted Lady
PropagationDescription: Increase by division in the spring or sow fresh seeds in the fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery
- Orefield, PA
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff