Stem. - Erect, one or two feet high, leafy. Leaves. - Broadly linear to lance-shaped. Flower-heads. - Composed entirely of tubular flowers with very numerous pearly white involucral scales.
This species is common throughout our Northern woods and pastures, blossoming in August. Thoreau writes of it in September : "The pearly everlasting is an interesting white at present. Though the stems and leaves are still green, it is dry and unwithering like an artificial flower; its white, flexuous stem and branches, too, like wire wound with cotton. Neither is there any scent to betray it. Its amaranthine quality is instead of high color. Its very brown centre now affects me as a fresh and original color. It monopolizes small circles in the midst of sweet fern, perchance, on a dry hill-side."