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Pearly Everlasting - Anaphalis margaritacea

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 3

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General Description
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems erect, simple, 20–70 cm. Herbage white-wooly. Leaves all cauline, alternate, sessile, entire, narrowly lanceolate, 3–10 cm long. Inflorescence paniculate, hemispheric, 2–15 cm across. Heads discoid; involucre 4–7 mm high; phyllaries in 8 to 12 series, white, papery, villous, brown at the base, nearly obscuring the flowers; receptacle naked. Flowers numerous, yellow, unisexual; corolla 3–5 mm long; female flowers peripheral; male flowers central. Pappus 10 to 20 deciduous bristles. Achenes oblong, ca. 1 mm long, scabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
AK to NL south to CA, NM, KS and NC (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1475

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Often lightly disturbed meadows, open forests, roadsides; valleys to subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Conway, T.M. 1982. Response of understory vegetation to varied lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) spacing intervals in Western Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bpzeman, MT: Montana State University. 76 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
    • Pallister, G.L. 1974. The seasonal distribution and range use of bighorn sheep in the Beartooth Mountains, with special reference to the West Rosebud and Stillwater herds. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 67 p.
    • Stoecker, R.E. 1967. A population study of five species of small rodents in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 32 p.
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