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.