Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

Anaphalis margaritacea

Aster Family

Pearly EverlastingI photographed this flower where a cleared area meets the forest in Nova Scotia, and didn’t have any time to take note of any characteristics that are not in this photograph.   I later was pleased to discover its name as Pearly Everlasting, a fitting name for a wildflower who has flowers that look like pearls and blooms that last from July to September1.  The white “pearls” are really flowers enclosed by white bracts1, standing 1-3’ above the ground2.  The leaves are supposed to be hairy underneath1, but I didn’t have time to investigate this trait, only to quickly photograph and move on with the group I was with.  The leaf is linear and somewhat blue-green., and as you can see from the contrasting green in the background. Pearly Everlasting Flowers

  1. Alden, P., Cassie, B. (1998). National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, inc..
  2. Reader’s Digest (1982). North American Wildlife. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader’s Digest Association

 

 

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