Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly Everlasting

register or login to use the plant listPlease register or login to build your personal plant list.

This silvery-sheened ‘pearly’ plant attracts a variety of butterflies and offers season-long interest in the home garden.

See Details Below


Tall stems and elongated leaves of Pearly Everlasting give the appearance of a slim-statured plant. The stems and leaves are light green and covered with white hair-like structures which give the whole plant a silvery sheen. This herbaceous perennial can grow to 3 ft. Wooly bracts surround and engulf the yellow disc flowers of this composite, adding to its pearly-white appearance. The ‘everlasting’ bracts remain appealing to the eye even after the yellow center wilts to brown, making Pearly Everlasting a lovely choice for dried flower arrangements. Adult moths and butterflies benefit from the nectar. As a host plant for American Lady, the larvae uses silk to create a nest of leaves on which they feed. Allow the caterpillars to feed, as this hardy plant will rebound and flower later in the season, while you delight in watching butterflies flit around your yard. Native to NJ and occurs in most of the US and Canada, except the southeast from Georgia to Texas. Grows in dry, gravelly, sandy and clay-rich soils in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates drought. Best planted in large masses; pair with Eastern Blazing Star, and Little Bluestem.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Yellow, White

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 3 ft

Spread: 1 - 2 ft

Growth Rate: Medium-fast