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Pearly everlasting

Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly everlasting is often grown as a flower for drying, but it's so pretty growing fresh in the garden, it's hard to bring yourself to cut it and bring it indoors.

This North American native looks great even in the driest of weather. Its silvery foliage and creamy white blooms make it suitable for moon or white gardens. Grow it in lean soil or divide it frequently to keep it from spreading too quickly.

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18-24 inches wide

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Japanese pearly everlasting
Japanese pearly everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea yedoensis has larger flowers than the wild form and may be slightly hardier.

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