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Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly Everlasting

Small, pearly white, round blooms appear in mid summer, with visually fairly similar, but functionally distinct, male and female blooms being held separately, most often on separate plants. Those flowers mature into seed heads that stand well into the fall. Flowers and seed heads (after the tiny, fluffy seeds have dispersed) dry easily and can be added to dry flower arrangements and wreaths. 

As a, seemingly preferred, host species for American Lady caterpillars, it isn’t uncommon to find evenly newly introduced plants with their leaves bunched together by some gauzy silk as they are consumed by a hungry creature with awesomely spiky defensive hairs, that will eventually transform onto a butterfly with fascinatingly detailed wing patterning.

They grow to between 1’ and 2’ in height, with a similar spread and thrive in hot dry settings where the difficult conditions keep competition from other species to a minimum.

These would share space reasonably well with other heat and sun loving species like Heath Aster, Nodding Onion, Orange Butterfly Weed, Prairie Smoke, Black-Eyed-Susan and Little Bluestem, among others.

The Online Plant Nursery will re-open for orders on Tuesday, May 17th

Pickups will begin the following week.

I will be offering plug sized plants for $1.25 each or 5 for $5. 

I'm in the process of adding species that I expect to offer this spring to the listings since they are starting to germinate and I'm starting to get an idea of which will be available in abundant quantities.

Since the list is much longer this year I've added several categories to help narrow down your options based on a variety of criteria.

For those who have already adopted seedlings, planting instructions can be found here.