Pearly everlasting brings beauty to disturbed sites after wildfire and other natural disturbances. It is a perennial wildflower in the sunflower (Asteraceae) family that can grow up to 3′ tall. It spreads by rhizome to form clumps. Pearly everlasting has lovely clusters of yellow flowers surrounded by pearly white bracts that bloom in mid-summer. The dried flowers are often used in dried flower arrangements because they are “everlasting.” Pearly everlasting can grow in a variety of habitat and soil types in various plant communities. It can be found growing on dry sites with fast, sharp draining soil, or moist sites near seeps and springs with deeper soil. Once established pearly everlasting can be drought tolerant, but it can use some moisture to get established. It prefers to grow in full sun to part shade and will flower more with more sun exposure. It is a widespread and common plant throughout most of the United States. Pearly everlasting is also a larval host plant for many butterfly and moth species, including the painted lady butterfly and American lady butterfly. The flowers are also attractive to many pollinator species. Pearly everlasting is deer resistant.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.