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PlantFiles: Pearly Everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anaphalis (a-NAF-uh-lus) (Info)
Species: margaritacea (mar-gar-ee-tuh-KEE-uh) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive U_E_TN On Nov 8, 2010, U_E_TN from Sneedville, TN wrote:

In Upper East Tennessee, this plant is reffered to as 'rabit tobacco'. It is left on the stlk until the leaves have dried on it. The plants are then picked and the leaves are stripped from it. You can either chew or smoke the leaves, doing one will releive a sore throat. The flowers are discarded as waste. This plant contains no known nicotene or THC.

Warning: This plant is very pungent and bitter if chewed, try small amounts if you are going to chew it.

Positive dbayer49 On Aug 15, 2010, dbayer49 from Richmond, CA wrote:

Nobody has yet said what attracted me to this plant. Pearly everlasting has the most delicious smell when you rub the flowers and leaves! Sort of a combination of cumin and lavender, and if that sounds weird it is because the scent is so undefinable, and momentary, but all the more wonderful for that.

Positive brendathomas On Jul 3, 2007, brendathomas from Harsens Island, MI wrote:

Outstanding as a larvae plant for Painted Lady butterfly. My only problem was that it was devastated and eaten to the has yet to rejuvenate. Also I was unsuccessful in finding a secondary food plant for a couple of larvae I brought in.......

Positive bluespiral On Dec 1, 2006, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Development in our area has pretty much limited the meadows you can walk through to utility breaks through local parks, and this is one of the few wildflowers that can take this type of "management". So we treasure it all the more, especially with the way its woolly "silver" seems to complement the silvers of some of the Japanese "seven grasses" with which they celebrate autumn.

One Japanese woodcut that seems to capture the emotional essence of autumn's flowering grasses and seed pods can be found through images at - key Yoshitoshi + flute into the search box and you should find some great scans that can make seasonal wallpaper on your 'pooter screen. Yoshitoshi's woodcut is called "The Flute Player"; it's a 3-panel triptych; and it depicts a flute player whose music is so magical that the barbarian about to attack is too enchanted to hurt the musician.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Pearly everlastings are grown not only for their showy clusters of white buttonlike flowers, but for their wooly-white or silvery foliage. Easy to grow, this plant has a robust, upright habit. The flowers are excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets.

Neutral poppysue On May 28, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Pearly ever lasting grows 24 inches tall and spreads to form a large clump. Foliage is silvery and wooly making it an attractive garden plant both in and out of flower. It is tolerant of poor soils but will do best in full sun with adequate moisture. In mid summer plants are topped with papery white clusters of half inch white flowers. The flowers are an excellent material for drying and will hold the pure white color well without turning brown like many other white ever lastings. Pick them before the yellow centers are visible to prevent them from fluffing out after drying. Anaphalis is a good choice to add to a butterfly garden as the Painted Lady butterfly uses this genus as host plants. In early summer she will lay her eggs and larvae will feed on the foliage. Damage is minor and plants grow quickly leaving it hardly noticeable.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, Alberta
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Richmond, California
Hamden, Connecticut
Unionville, Connecticut
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
Southborough, Massachusetts
Harsens Island, Michigan
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Staten Island, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Franklin, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Milford, Pennsylvania
Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
Sneedville, Tennessee
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Onalaska, Wisconsin

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