Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea commonly known as the western pearly everlasting or pearly everlasting, is an Asian and North American species of flowering perennial plants in the sunflower family Asteraceae. It is a tall, herbaceous perennial wildflower with stems up to three feet tall and grown by gardeners for its attractive foliage and modestly beautiful white blooms. The plant prefers a well drained soil, somewhat sandy and dry and with less organic matter. At least part sun conditions, if not full sun, are required for them to grow successfully. Caterpillars of American lady (Vanessa virginiensis) and painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies use the plant as a food source in early spring. In a habit that is unusual for butterflies, the caterpillars create a silken web around the plant to feed. This can look discouraging but the plant makes a full recovery and flowers by late summer.

Best grown in full sun or part shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers full sun and sandy soils.

SPECS: Native Name: XXXX; Genus: Anaphalis ; Species: Margaritacea; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Dry; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′; Bloom Time: June — September; Bloom Color: White; Advantages: Pollinators; USDA Zone: 2 — 7; Attracts: Butterflies, Caterpillars; Tolerant: Dry soils, Salt; Plant Community: Goes well with False Indigo, Garden Phlox, Butterfly Weed, Coreopsis, Liatris, Ironweed & Purple Coneflower.;