The triple-veined pearly everlasting is a late flowering and uncomplicated flowering plant. Because of its low growth it is perfectly suited as a bedding plant.
Profile of triple-veined pearly everlasting:
Scientific name: Anaphalis triplinervis
Plant family: aster or daisy family (Asteraceae)
Other names: –
Sowing time: spring
Planting time: spring
Flowering period: July to october
Soil quality: gravelly to sandy, calcipholous, moderately nutritious
These information are for temperate climate!
Use in: flower beds, bouquets, borders, single position, group planting, planters, borders, roof garden, Mediterranean garden, natural garden, rock garden
Winter hardiness: hardy, USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 (-26 °C / -15 °F)
Bee and insect friendly: Yes
Plant characteristics and classification of triple-veined pearly everlasting
Plant order, origin and occurrence of triple-veined pearly everlasting
The triple-veined pearly everlasting (Anaphalis triplinervis), a perennial of the daisy family (Asteraceae), is native to Tibet and the Himalayas, where it grows on dry grassy slopes and rocky screes.
Characteristics of triple-veined pearly everlasting
Triple-veined pearly everlasting is a frost-hardy, clump-forming shrub that grows 30 to 40 centimeters (12 to 16 in) high and 50 to 60 centimeters (20 to 24 in) wide. Thanks to upright and densely leafy stems, the perennial has a bushy appearance. It forms only short runners and does not tend to proliferate.
The leaves are lanceolate, woolly grey-green, silky hairy and three-veined – hence the addition “triplinervis” in the botanical name.
From July to September, and sometimes into October, it produces multi-headed and dense inflorescences of a creamy white color.
Triple-veined pearly everlasting – cultivation and care
A bright location is important for the triple-veined pearly everlasting. The plants feel most comfortable in a sunny location. The perennials tolerate longer periods of drought, but are sensitive to moisture. A warm, full sunny location in the rockery is best suited to the natural growing conditions of the plant.
Cultivation of the plant is also possible in a pot. In order to prevent waterlogging, a drainage layer should be placed in the bottom of the container. Gravel or lava granules are suitable for this. The planting container should be at least twice the size of the root ball. This will reduce the need for frequent repotting and allow the plant to spread sufficiently.
A permeable, fresh soil should be provided for the triple-veined pearly everlasting. There should be no waterlogging. With the help of sand or gravel you can loosen up a loamy and compacted soil. An acidic substrate can be neutralized by adding lime.
Planting triple-veined pearly everlasting
Planting – step by step
- select location
- prepare the soil
- dig a planting hole
- insert plant
- refill substrate
- press soil well
- water the plant
Once the suitable location has been found, the ground is cleared of weeds and stones. Depending on the soil quality, compost, lime, sand or gravel is added. The best planting time is spring. When planting, a distance of 30 to 40 centimeters from the planting neighbor must be maintained.
If the soil tends to be damp and wet, a drainage layer is important. By adding gravel or clay fragments, the moisture can drain off better and the tendency to waterlogging is prevented. If you don’t want the triple-veined pearly everlasting to spread uncontrolled, you can also place a root barrier in the soil.
After planting, the plant needs sufficient moisture. The soil may feel dry on the surface between the individual water applications. If the triple-veined pearly everlasting has grown, watering is only necessary during longer dry phases. You can water with tap water. The plant tolerates lime.
The nutrient requirement of the triple-veined pearly everlasting is low. No regular fertilization is necessary. An oversupply of nutrients can even have a harmful effect on the light feeder. If the plant is less flowering or grows rather poorly, fertilization can be recommended. Small doses of ripe compost or a low concentration of horsetail broth are suitable. The plant is fertilized, if necessary preferably in spring or after the flowering period in autumn.
The plant is not cut back until spring. This should be done before the first sprouting of the triple-veined pearly everlasting. All dead plant parts are removed close to the ground. This may make the plant appear bare at first, but at the same time it will ensure a strong budding and healthy plant growth in the coming garden season. The inflorescences can be used as dry flowers. Then cut in late summer.
The triple-veined pearly everlasting can be easily propagated by seed and division. The seeds are sown in the spring directly in the field or in the desired container. For propagation by division, two options are possible. Firstly, the plant can be dug out and its root divided in the middle. For this purpose, the substrate should first be completely removed from the plant. This measure not only produces two daughter plants, it also causes a rejuvenation of the plant.
On the other hand, runners can be separated from the mother plant. In any case, the young plants are then planted separately. The division is possible during spring and summer. Whatever the choice, the propagation of triple-veined pearly everlasting is usually easy and quick to achieve.
Diseases and pests
The robust plant is rarely afflicted by diseases or pests. The hobby gardener himself can, however, cause damage to the triple-veined pearly everlasting.
- The most common care mistakes
- damp soil
- dark stand
- missing cutback
Wetness is the biggest enemy of the plant. If the pruning is missed, the withered leaves provide a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria. If the plant is affected by rot, the hobby gardener must react quickly and remove all affected plant parts. If the plant is repotted as quickly as possible and kept dry, there is little chance of rescue and healthy new shoots.
For over-fertilized plants, any help usually comes too late. Clear indications of the damage are wilted leaves, leaf fall and discoloration of the leaves. Occasionally aphids can appear. Usually, this is not a major concern in the field, because ladybugs and other natural predators take care of the control.
The perpetual flowering triple-veined pearly everlasting is hardy down to -26 °C / -15 °F. At least when it is planted freely in the bed and has grown. The triple-veined pearly everlasting can also spend the winter outdoors in a pot. Again, it must first be grown for this. In regions with very harsh and long winters, it may be useful to give it a little protection. It is usually sufficient to place styrofoam or a wooden block as insulation between the pot and the ground and to wrap some garden fleece around the container. Watering and fertilizing is not necessary. The triple-veined pearly everlasting should also not be cut during the cold season.
Use in the garden
The triple-veined pearly everlasting is suitable in groups marvelously as structure-giving, hemispherical border planting in south-sided borders as well as an eyecatcher in the rock garden, heather garden or stone bed, as roof planting and as wall crown. Sage (Salvia), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), bearded iris (Iris Barbata Nana hybrids), poppy (Papaver), evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), stonecrop (Sedum) and lavender (Lavandula) are popular planting partners in the bed. The triple-veined pearly everlasting is also popular as a cut flower for the vase or in dry bouquets.
There are several varieties of Anaphalis triplinervis, but the most popular are ‘sulfur light’, ‘silver rain’ and ‘summer snow’.
- Sulphur light’ is a variety that originates from Tibet and forms many small flower heads. It grows to a height of about 20 to 30 centimeters (8 to12 in).
- The variety ‘Silver Rain’ does not flower until September and October and grows to 50 centimeters (20 in) high. It has silver-grey leaves and white flowers and needs some protection from winter dampness.
- The variety ‘Summer Snow’ produces numerous flowers and remains very compact with a height of about 15 to 20 centimeters (6 to 8 in).