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Pearly Everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea

About Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) is a native perennial herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family that grows primarily in northern and central California. It is fast growing and short-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 3 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are yellow and striking, and bloom in the early summer. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in disturbed or recently burned places, at elevations from 0-8500 feet. This species is not to be confused with some plants in the genus Pseudognaphalium which are similar in appearance and also known as Everlasting.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
3 - 4 ft (0.9 - 1.2 m)

Max. Width
4 ft (1.2 m)

Upright, Mounding

Growth Rate

Summer Deciduous, Summer Semi-Deciduous, Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Yellow, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Disturbed places

Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
-253' - 13187'

Annual Precip. ?
10.1" - 148.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 5.36"

Coldest Month ?
20.9° F - 53.7° F

Hottest Month ?
41.6° F - 80.0° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 31.05 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates sandy or clay soils

Soil PH
5.2 - 6.6

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
This plant will work with many forest, woodland and chaparral plants, especially those of the Sierras and Coast Ranges.

Wildlife Attracted
Numerous insects

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. (Emery and Frey 1971).

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Common Pearleverlasting, Pearly-everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearlyeverlasting

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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