Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Coastal BC Plants: Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

Just about everywhere you go along roads in the Powell River backcountry you'll find Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritaea). It’s nice to have a flower that’s almost a namesake: Margy, Margaret, margaritaea.

You can find Pearly Everlasting on rocky slopes, in open forest areas, clearings, meadows, fields; pretty much any sunny spot from low elevations to sub-alpine heights.

Like many other plants in the Aster family, it’s a perennial herb. Many straight stems rise from an underground rhizome (versus a root), allowing it to survive through the winter to regrow each spring.

The narrow lance-shaped leaves are greyish-green on top and white underneath. The round white flowers, looking much like handfuls of pearls, grow in clusters at the top of each stalk. When picked and dried, they last a long time in flower arrangements, pretty much “everlasting.” -- Margy

References: Plants of Coastal British Columbia by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon (Lone Pine Publishing, 1994) and Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies by George Scotter and Halle Flygare (Hurtig Publishers, 1986), and E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia (online).


  1. Pearly Everlasting is very lovely!

  2. everlasting..... a wonderful word appropiate for many things, we can be gratefull for.

    I am grateful to you for participating in our weekly meme and i hope to may greet you next time again!

    have an nice abc-day/ - week

    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)

  3. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Beautiful! They remind me on the yellow mimosa:)

  4. Thanks for identifying these pretty flowers. I have always wondered what they were.

    1. Must be kind of like Baby's Breath in floral arrangements. - Margy

  5. That's a pretty flower!

  6. I love seeing pearly everlasting in the woods when I'm hiking. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

  7. I beg all the yr 6 students would like to dunk you. What a good sport you were.

    1. I really enjoyed being a principal. - Margy

  8. Lovely flower and photos and post ~

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend,
    artmusedog and carol

  9. Such PRETTY PLANTS and so many of them
    along the way,
    MY dear MAMA was called MARGARET or MARGO
    to her friends.
    Enjoyable and interesting read MARGY, thanks for sharing
    your part of the world with us,
    Incidentally there was a programme on TV about people who dwell in float cabins, most interesting too!

    Best wishes from
    ABCW team.

    1. I was Margo only for one year when my sixth grade teacher picked that name to call me. I saw the first two episodes of Ice Lake Rebels but by the time I got back from the cabin they were already off the air and on-demand. I'm sure they will come back. Our lake isn't quite so rebellious, but we do have some interesting characters here as well. - Margy

  10. Those are pretty. I wonder if they'd grow in California. I could grow them for next year's dry floral arrangement that I enter in the county fair. I can't get over how expensive dry flowers are.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  11. I haven't seen this kind of flower around here. So lovely and a perfect name for it.


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy