Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook.f.
Family: Asteraceae
pearly everlasting, western pearly everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea image
Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Etymology: Anaphalis: from the Greek name of a similar plant; also a near-anagram of Gnaphalium
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, odorless forb covered with bluish-silvery, woolly hairs; stems very leafy; from rhizomes
Leaves: numerous, usually fuzzier below, alternate, entire, stalkless
Flowers: head 3/8" wide with many, white, petal-like, bracts around a button-like, yellowish disk, no rays; inflorescence a short, wide, dense, flat-topped cluster; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: seeds on fluffy pappus
Habitat: sun; dry; woods, forests, fields
Conservation Status: Native