Pearly Everlasting

Scientific Name:Anaphalis margaritacea

From Hike 226 to Palmateer Point 8/15/13

Two very similar flowers are "Yarrow" and "Pearly Everlasting".

The difference is that Yarrow has fern like leaves and Pearly Everlasting does not.

Pearly Everlasting is a member of the sunflower family. However, it is a perennial.

The stems and elongated leaves of Pearly Everlasting are covered with white hairs.

If you look closely you can see that there is actually a yellowish disk flowers and white involucre bracts around the flower.

The blossoms of Pearly Everlasting can be dried for durable bouquets. The name comes from the fact that they last for a long time when dried.

Note: A bract is a leaf that often look like the petals of a flower, though the true flowers are found elsewhere on the plant.

A classic example of a bract is the poinsettia. The brightly colored parts are in fact bracts. If you look closer at the plant, you will see small yellow flowers nestled within the brightly colored bracts.

Some people say that Pearly Everlasting can be used as a salve for burns. Some American Indian tribes used the leaves of this plant as a tobacco substitute.

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