Pearly everlasting is a North American native perennial found in dry sunny, gravelly fields and wood edges. It grows about 3 feet high on upright stems with a flat-topped clusters of small white flowers with yellow centers and silver-gray foliage. It blooming in late summer. This is a larval host for the painted lady butterfly.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- North America
- Medium plant (12-24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Dry soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Road salt
Season of Interest:
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
An upright, clump-forming perennial reaching 1 to 3 feet high and 1 to 2 feet wide.
Best in full sun in loose gravelly, sandy soil.
Cut flowers are long-lasting and make excellent dried arrangements.
Well drained soil needed to avoid root rots.
Disease, pests, and problems
Butterfly larval feeding on leaves in spring but recover by midsummer.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
None serious, deer
Native geographic location and habitat
Found along roadsides and dry, gravelly, sandy fields throughout North America.
Attracts birds & pollinators
Butterflies. This is a host plant for the larvae of American painted lady.
Silver-gray slender leaves about 3 to 5 inches long on wooly stems.
Leaves often have a wavy to a rolled edge and pointed leaf tip.
Dioecious, male and female flowers on separate plants.
Clusters of tiny yellow flowers enclosed in white papery bracts, often mistaken for petals.
Male flowers are globular, females flowers are egg-shaped.
A small brown seed with tufts of white hairs which help to carry it off into the wind.