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