These are useful plants with silvery foliage and white near everlasting, carried on loose heads. They are very adaptable, with dwarfer kinds able to give ground cover even in poor soil and in fairly shady places. They divide easily in spring and resent only wet conditions. A. margaritacea grows to 18 inches when in flower, but both A. nubigena and A. triplinervis are dwarfer with matted surface growth and 12 inches flower sprays. A. yedoensis is distinctive for being taller and more erect. The flower heads, capable of being dried, come on 2-2 ½ feet, in late summer, but though having no basal foliage, and are silvery throughout the summer and autumn. Unlike the others, this spreads steadily below ground, but not to become a nuisance.