Pearly Everlasting

(Anaphalis margaritacea Variety: Occidentalis)

Pearly Everlasting
Pearly Everlasting
Pearly Everlasting

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.

Varieties of Pearly Everlasting

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.

Comment

My photos were taken in far Northwest Oregon and are consistent with the Occidentalis variety. Other plant books seem to similarly describe the smooth leaf variety, but do not make note of the varieties documented by Peck.
- - Updated 08/05/2015