Western pearly everlasting
Some areas of all the Western states between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean
Fields, hillsides, roadsides, forest clearings, high mountain slopes, from sea level to 10,500 feet
Lanceolate or linear, narrow, alternate, up to 5 inches long; hairy underneath
June to September
The white, petal-like rays surrounding the flowers of anaphalis margaritacea are actually thin bracts (modified leaves), at the center of which is a small group of yellow-brown disc florets, which develop slightly protruding stamens as they mature. Flowers form small but dense clusters, linked by greenish-whitish stalks, branching from the thick, rigid stem, which bears leaves all the way along though those towards the base tend to wither during flowering.
The narrow leaves have a prominent center vein, and (usually) two fainter side veins, and are covered by woolly hairs underneath; the upper surfaces are smoother but may also have some hair. Leaves are edible. Leaf edges are revolute, curled downwards.