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Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth.

Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. var. angustior (Miq.) Nakai

Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. var. intercedens H. Hara

Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. var. occidentalis Greene

Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. var. revoluta Suksd.

Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. var. subalpina A. Gray

Anaphalis occidentalis (Greene) A. Heller

Gnaphalium margaritaceum L.

Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusAnaphalisFrom the Greek name of a similar plant
SpeciesmargaritaceaFrom the Latin margarita, “a pearl,” hence pertaining to pearls, pearly

About plant names...

Pearly everlasting is a native of North America, northeastern Asia, and northern and eastern Europe. The genus name, Anaphalis, derives from the Greek: ana, meaning “upwards, upon, high,” with a connotation of ”increasing”; and phalos, “shining, white.” The species name, margaritacea derives from the Latin word margaritaceous, meaning “pearly.”

Identification: Plants are 18-36" (45-91 cm) in height, sporting a tight ball of tiny white flowers with yellow centers, looking a bit like dozens of tiny fried eggs. (Technically, the white parts are bracts, modified leaves, and the yellow parts are the flowers. And only the male plants have yellow flowers, they are white on female plants.) Especially shortly before they open, the flowers have an almost pearl-like appearance. Leaves are about 2" (5 cm) in length, but only ⅛" (3.2 mm) wide, with sharp tips. They have tiny hairs on the undersides, with a fuzzy feeling.

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

From Britton, Nathaniel Lord, and Brown, Addison, An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions, 1913, p. Vol. 3: 453

Edibility: The leaves and young plant are edible when cooked.

Online References:

Anaphalis margaritacea on Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods

Anaphalis margaritacea on Missouriplants.com

Anaphalis margaritacea at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Anaphalis margaritacea on Wikipedia

Anaphalis margaritacea at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Anaphalis margaritacea on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Anaphalis margaritacea on eFloras

References:

Britton, Nathaniel Lord, and Brown, Addison, An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions, 1913

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/14/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 9.1 cm) ID is uncertain

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

9/19/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Hollis, NH
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/7/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Land, Dunstable, MA
≈ 8 × 12" (21 × 31 cm) ID is uncertain

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/14/2015 · Roost Trail, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
≈ 5 × 6" (12 × 14 cm)

Anaphalis margaritacea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 30 Sep 2015.

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Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/23/2013 · Andres Institute of Art, Big Bear Mountain, Brookline, NH
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/14/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4 × 3" (11 × 8.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/14/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/7/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Land, Dunstable, MA
≈ 9 × 7" (21 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/4/2006 · Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, VT

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/23/2013 · Andres Institute of Art, Big Bear Mountain, Brookline, NH
≈ 5 × 3" (13 × 7.9 cm)

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/14/2015 · Roost Trail, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
≈ 7 × 10" (16 × 25 cm)

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/14/2015 · Roost Trail, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
≈ 6 × 6" (14 × 15 cm)

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting, Western Pearly Everlasting)

8/23/2013 · Andres Institute of Art, Big Bear Mountain, Brookline, NH
≈ 6 × 9" (16 × 23 cm)

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