Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting, Vancouver Island, BC
Pearly Everlasting, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Bud Logan

The Pearly Everlasting plant is native to every province in Canada as well as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, its unique look and tolerance for poor soil and cold temps means it can grow almost anywhere.

It can grow up to nearly 1 m tall and can eventually bush out equally wide. The clusters of white flowers have golden centers and bloom for many weeks from mid-summer through to early fall. The leaves are long and narrow with a silvery hue, due to the fine hairs that cover its leaves and stems

Many types of butterflies use it as a source of food and some as a host plant for their young. The flowers are magnets for the bee pollinators.

As for human use, pearly everlasting is popular for dried flower arrangements. Cut stems before the flowers fully open and hand upside down for several weeks.

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