This wildflower has unique, long-lasting flowers and is excellent for butterflies.
Soil Moisture: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: White
Blooms: June – September
Suggested Uses: Pearly Everlasting is an excellent plant to use for shoreline restoration projects. Great in dry, gravelly or sandy soil. It also grows especially well along a woodland edge or in part shade in dry, sandy soils. This plant is one of the host plants for the Painted lady butterfly caterpillar. Plant it as a food source for these butterflies! Grows well under evergreens. Excellent in dry flower arrangements.
Native Range: Pearly Everlasting is native throughout much of the U.S. and Canada, the one exception being the South. Minnesota: Native to Central and Northeastern Minnesota.
Pollinators: Host plant for American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies.
Flowers: Cluster of white composite flowers with pearly white bracts.
Leaves: Soft and woolly, gray-green leaves that are narrow in form.
More Information: USDA plant profile
Photo credit: Pendragon39 [Public domain]