This is a perennial herb from rhizomes with alternate leaves narrowly lance shaped with a conspicious midvein. Flowers bloom in mid summer and tend to last until the snow flies. Also, they can be cut and dried and used for dry flower arrangements. The small, white flowers may be mistaken for a wild carrot. The leaves are distinctive.
Peck in the "Manual of Higher Plants of Oregon" (Binfords and Mort, 1961) identifies 2 varieties in addition to the basic type.
Anaphalis margaritacea var. subalpina Of this Peck says, "A low subalpine form with leaves permanently and densely lanate (wooly) on both surfactes----High mountains to Wash and the Rocky Mts.
Anaphalis margaritacea var. occidentalis This differs from the species in the somewhat wider leaves which are very glaborous above, deep green and shining.--- Found in Woods and thickets, west of the Cascade Mts. to Alaska and California.