Anaphalis margaritacea
(Pearly Everlasting)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting
    Synonyms: Anaphalis occidentalis, Gnaphalium margaritaceum
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - October
    Status: Native

Anaphalis margaritacea, or Pearly Everlasting, is native to most of the United States, except the southeast. It is a hardy perennial, which grows in dry fields and prairies, along roads and railroasds, and in open woods and along woodland edges. It blooms in mid summer and continues until fall, with white flowers with yellow-gold centers. Male and female flowers are usually on separate plants.

This plant is similar to the Gnaphalium group of species. However, those plants do have some differences. They do not have separate plants for male and female flowers. Additionally, Anaphalis is a perennial, where Gnaphalium species are annual. Also, Anaphalis tends to have a bit more leathery look, where Gnaphalium has a more velvety look to its leaves. More information will follow.

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