Perennial herbs from rhizomes; stems usually unbranched, leafy, white-woolly, 20-90 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, deciduous; stem leaves alternate, narrowly lance-shaped with a conspicuous mid-vein, 2-15 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, greenish above, white-woolly beneath; margins often rolled under.
Heads small, discoid, in dense flat-topped clusters; involucres 5-7 mm tall, woolly at the base; involucral bracts dry, pearly white, sometimes with a dark basal spot; disk flowers yellowish.
Achenes small, to about 1 mm long; roughened; glabrous to sparsely hairy; pappus hairs white.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(3), BWBS(4), CDF(2), CMA(9), CWH(253), ESSF(339), ICH(202), IDF(47), IMA(1), MH(15), MS(71), PP(4), SBPS(5), SBS(121), SWB(3)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Anaphalis margaritacea var. angustior (Miq.) Nakai
Anaphalis margaritacea var. intercedens H. Hara
Anaphalis margaritacea var. occidentalis Greene
Anaphalis margaritacea var. revoluta Suksd.
Anaphalis margaritacea var. subalpina A. Gray
Anaphalis occidentalis (Greene) A. Heller
Gnaphalium margaritaceum L.