Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting) - photos and description

Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea

Anaphalis margaritacea

General: Erect perennial plant with solitary stems, having woolly foliage giving the plants a greyish-green appearance.

Flowers: Flowers have disk florets only, no ray florets, the disk florets surrounded by papery, white bracts. Flowers 8 mm across.

Leaves: Leaves linear lanceolate, I measured them to 9 cm in length and 12 mm wide, the leaves with woolly undersides.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 80 cm, we measured plants to 60 cm tall.

Habitat: Habitat is open woodlands in the Cypress Hills.

Abundance: Very rare, ranked as an S2 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 24th and August 3rd on a roadside in lodgepole pine forest the Cypress Hills, about 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.