Furry gray foliage is the outstanding characteristic of the pearly everlastings. Most are heat-tolerant, mounding plants with erect, branching stems carrying attractive (though not showy) clusters of papery- textured daisies that may be cut in summer for use in dried arrangements. Since they withstand lower light than most other gray-leafed plants, they're ideal for brightening semishady borders. Not fussy about soil but need reasonably good drainage. Seldom browsed by deer.
A. margaritacea. From many northern climates of the world. To 23 ft. high and wide. Leaves, to 6 in. long, are green above, with white and woolly undersides. Pearly white flowers have yellow centers. A. m. yedoensis has smaller leaves and brown-tinted flowers; it is less cold hardy than the species.
A. triplinervis. Species from the Himalayas. Slightly smaller in overall size than A. margaritacea, with similar flowers but somewhat smaller, silvery leaves.