Look What Happens When You Grow Pearly Everlasting! Part 2

Photo by Ethan Robison

by Kristina Lefever

Just think - if we hadn't have been growing Pearly Everlasting in our propagation nursery, it's possible that 50 American Lady butterflies might not have flown!

Apparently a momma Lady checked out our nursery a few months ago, discovered about 75 4" pots of Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) seedlings, and decided it was a perfect place for her little ones .... which of course she would never see. (Photo of eggs from 'Life History of Cascadia Butterflies' by David G. James and David Nunnallee.)

We agree - our nursery was the perfect place! A perfect place for us Pollinteers to learn a lot about this butterfly, and share the experience with others!

The first thing we learned was that it is hard to feed American Lady caterpillars, since their diet is limited to primarily 3 species of plants - Pearly Everlasting, Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia), and the non-native 'cudweed' (Gnaphalium spp.)- according to "Life History of Cascadia Butterflies."