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Anaphalis margaritacea
pearly everlasting

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast except for extreme southeastern U.S.

Habitat: Dry to somewhat moist open areas, from low elevations to the subalpine.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, beetles


Dioecious, leafy, erect, rhizomatous perennial, 2-9 dm. tall, white-woolly throughout.


Leaves lanceolate to narrowly oblong or linear, up to 12 cm. long and 2 cm. wide, sessile, less pubescent above, the margins often curled, little reduced upward.


Heads up to 1 cm. wide, numerous and crowded in a short, broad inflorescence; involucre 5-7 mm. high, the bracts pearly-white, imbricate in several series, dry and papery; staminate flowers tubular, with undivided style, pistillate flowers tubular-filiform, with bifid style; pappus of distinct capillary bristles.


Achenes covered with short, rounded, blunt projections.

Accepted Name:
Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook. f.
Publication: Gen. Pl. 2: 303. 1873.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook. f. var. occidentalis Greene
Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook. f. var. subalpina (A. Gray) A. Gray
Gnaphalium margaritaceum L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anaphalis margaritacea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Anaphalis margaritacea checklist entry

OregonFlora: Anaphalis margaritacea information

E-Flora BC: Anaphalis margaritacea atlas page

CalPhotos: Anaphalis margaritacea photos

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