Anaphalis margaritacea

Common Names: Western pearly everlasting
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

Produces small white flowers, which are commonly dried and used in floral arrangements. It grows erect up to heights of about 1.2 meters and has narrow, alternate leaves. One salient feature is that the undersides of the leaves are covered in tiny hairs, giving them a woolly feel and appearance. The stems are dry and brittle. The flower is small and whitish to yellowish and grows in a corymb inflorescence. The more conspicuous part of the inflorescence is the numerous white bracts that surround the actual flowers.

Prefers dry, sunny climates, although it is hardy to temperatures well below freezing; it is common throughout North America excepting states that border the Gulf of Mexico.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: The leaves and young plant are edible when cooked.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.