ANAPHALIS Pearl Everlasting

The leaves are covered with white hairs which gives them an attractive silvery appearance, and in late summerthereareclustersof small starry flowers. These white or ivory flower-heads provide material for arranging indoors and they can be cut and dried – the colour and texture is retained. Anaphalis will succeed in nearly all situations although it dislikes heavy, poorly-drained soils. The only problem is that it is liable to spread quite quickly and grow beyond its allotted area.

VARIETIES: The various species of Anaphalis should be planted 1.5 ft apart and the

Flowering period: is August and September, A. triplinervis (1.5 ft) is the one you are most likely to find at the garden centre – the leaves are large and the flowers off-white. A. margaritacea is similar in size but the leaves are smaller – the largest type is A. yedoensis (2.5 ft) which also has the densest flower-heads.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Plant cuttings in a cold frame in spring or divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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