Theare covered with white hairs which gives them an attractive silvery appearance, and in late summerthereareclustersof small starry . These white or ivory flower-heads provide material for 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 – theare 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: Plantin a cold frame in spring or divide clumps in autumn or spring.