Anaphalis margaritacea – Pearly Everlasting (Su,D,S,N)
24″ tall x 12 – 36″ spread, mounded with bright leaves and white summer blooms from June to October.
- host plant
- Blooms: Summer (Su)
- Moisture: Medium to Dry (M-D)
- Soil Type: Sand (S)
- Range: Native (N)
- Started as: Seed
- Deer resistant
Propagations via seed
Plant in thin soil, rocky and dry. To accomplish this a layer of of gravel can be added to the prairie soil.
Leaf structure is fine, with a greenish-gray hue. Its a good contrast plant when put in front of taller grasses.
In my garden, couple places this might work is the boundary between the bluegrass lawn, and the prairie since it can managed moderate shade and medium soils, and the brightness will create contrast. If dry conditions a requirement, a transitional plant like a line of blue fescue, then pearly, then little bluestem will be the line.
In a drier area, back edge of the prairie may be more suitable. At its feet, Callirhoe Involucrata and little bluestem behind. For higher contrast look, add showy goldenrod behind the bluestem. Though the callirhoe really wants dry soils, and the bluestem not so much.
A good Example of design from Prairie Moon –
Role in Ecosystem
Host Plant to : Skippers, American Painted Lady
These butterflies lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. Painted ladies eggs may be blue in color, and skippers can be yellowish green. Skippers create a little hut once they hatch made of silk and leaf cuttings.