Pearly Everlasting

Given to me by a friend in Pennsylvania, this wildflower is lovely alone and great for arrangements
Given to me by a friend in Pennsylvania, this wildflower is lovely alone and great for arrangements

This is a flower given to me by a friend in Pa. I had forgotten what it was called and had to do some detective work. The Latin name is Anaphalis margaritacea or the wildflower known as Pearly Everlasting. They grow on study stems with alternate leaves, and the flowers are tiny,1/4″ wide and nearly round. Mine begin to bloom in June and they make wonderful accents for arrangements, especially with hydrangeas, which bloom about the same time. They kind of look like a bigger baby’s breath, and convey that delicate effect.

I have dug them up and transplanted them elsewhere, and they have done fine. They do like sun, and can tolerate dry conditions. The blooms are sturdy, the white petals will stay fixed through wind and rain, and keep their bloom for about a week, before beginning to turn brown at the edges. Several clusters will appear on each stem.

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