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Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting - Anaphalis margaritacea


Family: Asteraceae - Aster family Genus Common Name: Pearly Everlasting Native Status: Native
Anaphalis margaritacea - Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting. Pearly Everlasting is an attractive plant, and is probably not native to all of its range in the United States, more likely being introduced in many areas as an ornamental. It is native to part of the United States and Canada, and is reported in most states other than those in the deep south.

Found in:
AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Anaphalis margaritacea

Distribution of Anaphalis margaritacea in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Feb 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Thunder Head - Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN Date: 2012-September-04Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Both the male and female Anaphalis margaritacea have clusters of yellow to yellow-brown flowers surrounded by several rows of many white petal-like bracts.
Anaphalis margaritacea

Site: Thunder Head - Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN Date: 2012-September-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The branched inflorescence of Pearly Everlasting consists of a more-or-less flat topped cluster of small white blossoms. It may be found blooming from July to September.
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Anaphalis margaritacea

Site: Thunder Head - Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN Date: 2012-September-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The leaves are up to about 5 long and are narrow, usually no more than wide. The plant may grow up to 3 feet tall.
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Anaphalis margaritacea

Site: Thunder Head - Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN Date: 2012-September-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Pearly Everlasting is frequently found in the same environments as you will find Goldenrods.
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Anaphalis margaritacea

Site: Thunder Head - Knife Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake County, MN Date: 2012-September-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The stem and leaves are covered with white wooly hairs.
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Anaphalis margaritacea

References used for identification and information:
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region
  • USDA Plants Database
  • Connecticut Botanical Society
  • Minnesota Wildflowers
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