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Pearly Everlasting · Anaphalis margaritacea

pearly everlasting © Ellen Mast

Description: 1-2 foot perennial that quickly spreads by underground roots. The wooly flowers are actually flower heads of tiny disc flowers subtended by papery white bracts; flowers appear mid-summer. Attractive dried flower. Good erosion control. Excellent butterfly plant; it is one of the Painted Lady's host plants, and suspected to be used by the West Coast Lady as well. This nectar source is seen here in a photo by Larry Everson, feeding a Green Comma (Polygonia Faunus). Sun/part sun, low-moderate water (drought resistant).

Green Comma butterfly nectaring on Pearly Everlasting
©Larry Everson