Anaphalis margaritacea (L.) Benth. & Hook.

Anaphalis margaritacea plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Anaphalis margaritacea stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Ray flowers - Absent.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Anaphalis margaritacea flowers

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Cultivated.

Origin - Native to U.S. but probably not Missouri.

Other info. - This showy species can be found growing wild in many parts of North America. The one or two collections from Missouri were probably just remnant plants from cultivated areas. It has not been collected since 1959 in this state. This is an easy species to identify as the papery-white involucre bracts make it distinct from other plants.
A margaritacea is a popular cultivated plant and does well in dried flower arrangements. It was also used medicinally by natives to treat a variety of ailments. A tea of the plant was used to treat colds, coughs, and infections. The leaves were also smoked for throat and lung troubles.

Photographs taken in Marquette, MI., 9-3-03.