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Pearly everlasting
Anaphalis margaritacea
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Anaphalis
DC. (1838)
Type species
Anaphalis nubigena
  • Margaripes (DC.) DC. ex Steud.
  • Antennaria sect. Margaripes DC.
  • Gnaphalium subsect. Margaripes (DC.) Miq.
  • Gnaphalium sect. Anaphalis (DC.) Miq.

Anaphalis is a genus of herbaceous and woody flowering plants within the family Asteraceae, whose members are commonly known by the name pearl or pearly everlasting.[3] There are around 110 species with the vast majority being native to central and southern Asia.[4][5][6] There is one species native to North America that is fairly well known and popular in cultivation, namely the western pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).

The name probably derives from the common practice of drying the flowers and stems for decorations through winter months. This plant was used extensively by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal purposes.

Two of the species, A. javanica and A. longifolia can be found on mountainsides on the Island of Java in Indonesia. Anaphalis javanica, also known as the Javanese Edelweiss, is currently an endangered species.



  1. ^ "Anaphalis". Index Nominum Genericorum. International Association for Plant Taxonomy. 2006-02-20. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  2. ^ a b Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  3. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Anaphalis". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ Flora of China Vol. 20-21 Page 792 香青属 xiang qing shu Anaphalis Candolle, Prodr. 6: 271. 1838.
  5. ^ Nesom, Guy L. (2006). "Anaphalis". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+ (ed.). Flora of North America. Vol. 19. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 426.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: editors list (link)
  6. ^ Flora of Pakistan, V. 210, Anaphalis DC.
  7. ^ The Plant List, search for Anaphalis

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