Anaphalis pearly everlasting

Height: 30-60cm (1-2ft)

Planting: distance: 30-45cm (1-1 ft)

Features: flowers summer to autumn

Soil: well-drained

Site: sun or dry shade

Type: herbaceous

Anaphalis, a showy border plant, has hunches of flat, white rlowerheads with yellow eyes at the centre of each bloom. The tapering leaves are grey-green or silvery.

Popular species and varieties:

Anaphalis margaritacea (syn. A. cinnantomea) has heads of small, pearly white flowers in late summer and grey-green leaves. It grows up to 45cm (1 1/2ft) high. A botanical variety of this species, usually known as A. yedoensis, has closely bunched flowers from mid summer to early autumn. It grows up to 60cm (2ft) high. Anaphalis triplinervis grows up to 60cm (2ft) high. The undersides of the silvery leaves are woolly, and small, bundled heads of white flowers appear in late summer. A popular variety is ‘Sommerschnee’ (syn. ‘Summer Snow’), which reaches 30cm (1ft) high.

Cultivation

Plant from early autumn to mid spring in a sunny site in well-drained soil, or in dry shade.

Propagation: Divide between early autumn and mid spring or take 5-7.5cm (2-3in) cuttings of basal shoots in mid to late spring and root in a cold frame. Sow seeds in early to mid spring in a cold frame. Harden off in a nursery bed and plant out in permanent positions between mid autumn and early spring.

Pests and diseases: Mostly trouble free.

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