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Anaphalis margaritacea - (L.)Benth.

Common Name Pearly Everlasting, Western pearly everlasting
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist meadows, by rivers, on wall tops and in sandy and waste places[17].
Range N. America. N.E. Asia. Naturalized in Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting, Western pearly everlasting


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Anaphalis margaritacea Pearly Everlasting, Western pearly everlasting
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Anaphalis margaritacea is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in August, and the seeds ripen in September. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Antennaria margaritacea. Gnaphalium margaritaceum.

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked[105, 177].

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Antiseptic  Astringent  Expectorant  Poultice  Sedative

Pearly everlasting was often employed medicinally by native North American Indian tribes who used it in the treatment of a range of ailments[257]. It is little used in modern herbalism. The whole plant is anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant and sedative[4, 61, 168, 222]. Used internally, it is a good remedy for diarrhoea, dysentery and pulmonary affections[4]. A poultice of the flowers or the whole plant is applied to burns, sores, ulcers, bruises, swellings and rheumatic joints[4, 222, 257]. An infusion of the plant is steamed and inhaled in the treatment of headaches[257]. a cooled infusion of the roots and shots has been used as a laxative and emetic to treat 'poison stomach'[257].

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Other Uses

Dye  Incense

Yellow to gold, also green and brown dyes can be obtained from the flowers, stems and leaves combined[168]. The leaves, flowers and stems have been used as an incense, especially in baby cradles[257].

Cultivation details

Prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny position[1, 133]. Requires a moist soil[208]. Succeeds in most soils[200], including poor ones[1], and also in light shade[200]. Succeeds in the shade of buildings, but not of trees[233]. Plants are hardy to about -25°c[187]. The flowering stems can be dried and used as everlasting flowers[212]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[1, 133]. The seed is best sown when it is ripe in the autumn. It usually germinates in 4 - 8 weeks at 15°c[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division is very easy at almost any time of the year, the divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions if required.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Author

(L.)Benth.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

Judy Lammers   Tue Mar 21 2006

do you know where I can order seeds of this plant? you may email me at jewaldean@yahoo.com I enjoyed the detailed description here. It is a good site to research. thank you ver much

Marveen   Thu Oct 1 2009

Excellent information and well-referenced. IRT the question before mine, I have always found pearly everlasting as a roadside weed, growing in disturbed gravelly soils.

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