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Gnaphalium californicum - Pearly Everlasting

Gnaphalium californicum is one of the most fragrant California native plants I know. The Pearly Everlasting is great as both a fresh cut flower and as a dried flower. The fragrance lasts for several seasons with the dried flowers. Gnaphalium californicum is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types and disturbed soil. The Pearly Everlasting is a biennial or short lived perennial. While I rarely plant Gnaphalium californicum I almost always leave it if I am lucky enough to have it come up. Gnaphalium californicum is great for the butterfly garden, attracting the Painted Lady butterflies. Gnaphalium californicum grows 18" to 36" tall and mixes well in the perennial border. Gnaphalium californicum has been hardy to at least the mid teens in our gardens.

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Gnaphalium californicum, Pearly Everlasting