Anaphalis margaritacea – Pearly everlasting

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)  – being tested in clay (2021) check back!
  • 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.

In its first year you only see a star of primary leaves. 

First year in prairie – 2020 on the mound. The same plant can be seen below in 2021 with flowers galore.

Leaf structure is fine, with a greenish-gray hue. Its a good contrast plant when put in front of taller grasses.

Buds at the end of June in its 2nd year resemble popcorn among fuzzy grey green leaves.

In my garden, couple places this might work is the boundary between the bluegrass lawn, and the prairie since it can manage 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.

Anaphalis in full bloom on the mound in its second year. Here you can see two types of bees nectaring.

This has turned out to be a star of the new back prairie.  Blooming from June until September – its gray leaves and bright white clusters of flowers allow the eye to rest among a sea of blue fescue and blue mist spirea on the mound which drains readily.  The mound was created from stacking cuts of bluegrass sod in clay.  Soil is mostly clay but well draining with the layers of decaying vegetation. 

The plant does not like full shade, and although its still living under the ash in the fence bed, it stretches to the sun that peaks in the morning.   I will need to move this guy if I want to keep them happy.

In a drier area, back edge of the prairie may be more suitable.  This is where its being tested for clay soil in 2021.  Along side slender wheatgrass and monarda.  For higher contrast look, add showy goldenrod behind the bluestem.

A good Example of designing with pearly everlasting 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. 

Its nectar attracts many small bees, like the leaf cutter. 

See Also:

Lady Bird Johnson information Pearly Everlasting

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