Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Pearly Everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea
F. Asteraceae
General Description:

Pearly everlasting is a medium-sized plant that measures 30-90 cm. in height and is most easily identified by its cluster of small, white flowers. As indicated by its name, the white bloom of the pearly everlasting forms a tightly arranged, spherical (or pearl-shaped) structure that is arranged in a large, dense, rounded cluster atop the terminal shoot of a slender, whitish-green, downy stem. Leaves are long, needle-like, and are also covered in a whitish down.

Anaphalis margaritacea white clustered flowers.
Flowers:

The radially symmetrical flowers of the pearly everlasting are small, measuring 6 mm. in width. The white, tapered petals are several and form a tightly, packed sphere that is tipped with a prominent, yellow anther ring. The bracts are petal-like and contribute to the pearl-shaped structure of the bloom. Flowers are arranged in large, dense, rounded clusters atop the terminal shoot.

Fruit:

Leaves:

The radially symmetrical flowers of the pearly everlasting are small, measuring 6 mm. in width. The white, tapered petals are several and form a tightly, packed sphere that is tipped with a prominent, yellow anther ring. The bracts are petal-like and contribute to the pearl-shaped structure of the bloom. Flowers are arranged in large, dense, rounded clusters atop the terminal shoot.

Habitat:

Pearly everlasting grows best in dry conditions including open pastures, roadsides, and waste areas.

Fun Facts:

Pearly everlasting is not a perfect flower. Male and female species exist as separate plants, accounting for inconsistentcies in the presence of the yellow anther ring.

This wildflower is a popular component of dried flower arrangements because its robust flowers and delicate appearance make it both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Anaphalis margaritacea downy stem.
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