Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pearly everlasting

Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) is common in the northeast, central, and Twin Cities metro areas of the state. It can be found in woodland edges and openings, roadsides, and disturbed sites. From July to September it produces showy clusters of bright white and yellow flower heads. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Female flower heads usually have a few male flowers, however the plants are not self-fertile. Separate male and female plants must be present to produce seed.

This species is identified by the stalkless leaves that continue down the stem at the base, the broad flower heads, the presence of only male flower heads or female flower heads on an individual plant, and the presence (usually) of a few male flowers on the female flower heads.

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