Pearly everlasting

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook. f.

Common name(s): pearly everlasting, western pearly everlasting

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

– generally flowers July-September in Maine

– white “flowers” are actually papery bracts surrounding small yellow flowers

-leaves are:

  • simple
  • alternate

– may be confused with Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-disturbed areas

-meadows and fields

-river shores

Natural History:

-native to North America and Asia

-ornamental use

-used as a tobacco substitute by indigenous people

-many medical uses to treat:

  • burns
  • colds
  • coughs
  • swelling
  • asthma


Hansen, R.W., S.B. Hansen and E.A. Osgood. 1991. Reproductive phenologies of selected flowering plants in eastern Maine forests. ME Agric. Exp. Station Tech. Bull. 143. 17 pp.

Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Go Botany. “Anaphalis Margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook. f.” Anaphalis Margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting): Go Botany, 2021,