PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Pearly Everlasting is a classic North American wildflower that feels particularly at home in the Mountain West of the U.S. It is also found in parts of northern Asia and used in Tibetan Traditional Medicine. In the West, we find it in excruciatingly difficult areas, growing and blooming happily in dry gravel roadsides and in scree fields or meadows on mountain sides. It couldn’t care less about water, is happy to grow in compacted gravel or good garden soil, and loves to bake in the sun or lounge around in a half day of shade. It’s cool with whatever you have for it. We could stand to have more Pearly Everlasting personalities in the world right now.

It lives up to its beautiful name by producing clusters of tiny 3/8″ pure white densely petaled daisies with sunny yellow centers through most of summer. Blooms feel very dry to the touch and make fantastic cut flowers. In fact, you can’t tell the difference between the fresh and dried blooms. They last for years in dried arrangements.

The plant grows to around 2 feet tall in a clump of strong stems populated with graceful slender leaves from top to bottom. If you keep harvesting flowers, it will keep blooming for many weeks longer.

Pearly Everlasting is a must for a pollinator-friendly garden. It is popular with many types of wild bees, flies, butterflies, and moths. The flowers provide both nectar and pollen, so it’s basically a pollinator smorgasbord.