This is the prettiest of our Everlastings. It is much used for making memorial wreaths, and for decorating vases or catch-alls on the mantelpieces in country houses. The little flowers have been likened to the forms of miniature Roses or Water Lilies. Before they open, they really have a round, pearly look. They also have a slight odour. The erect, round, cottony stem grows from one to three feet high and is leafy up to the spreading, flowering top. The toothless leaves are very long and narrow with a noticeable midrib. They are narrowed to the clasping base, and circle the stalk alternatingly. They are grayish green above and woolly beneath. The little flower heads are formed of many dry, pearly white, overlapping scales enclosing a tuft of numerous fuzzy, yellow tubular florets, and are borne in small groups that are gathered in a terminal, slightly rounded or flat-topped cluster. When fully expanded and matured, the centres become brownish. The flowers are both staminate and pistillate, and grow on different plants. They have been used in domestic practice as a cough medicine, and also as an application for healing bruises. This Everlasting is common from July to September, in dry fields, hillsides, and recent clearings, from Alaska to Newfoundland, North Carolina, Kansas, and California, also in northern Asia. It was naturalized in this country from Europe.