Aug. 18, 2019

pearly everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea

And here's the pearly everlasting I stopped for near Paradise (it's in Michigan!). The yellow are the flowers. They're surrounded by the white bracts that are a lot like straw flower bracts. They don't always stay entirely pearly for a long time, but they do make a nice addition to dried flower efforts. Indians used this plant, and its velvety leaves, for a great many medical and ceremonial needs. Among those were the Anticosti, who used it to force blood at sacrifices. The Cheyenne chewed powdered flowers and rubbed it on their bodies to give them strength in battle. They also put the powder on the hooves of horses and blew it between their ears for endurance and spirit. While I've only seen it in the north, pearly grows in open woods and borders in every state and province except AL, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, ND, OK, and SC, on SPM; it's also native in eastern Asia and Mexico, and has been introduced into Europe. Chippewa Co MI, 8/10/19.

P.S. Anne reminds us that this also smells very nice, and that a shot of hairspray helps keep dried things together.