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)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.......


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 "Th... read more


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.


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 plant... read more