General: Tumbleweed shaped plant.
Height: Grows up to 1m tall.
Flowers: Small white flowers. Flowers are 1.5-3mm wide with 5 petals. They occur at the end of the stem in a cluster.
Leaves/Stems: Slender leaves covered in a powdery film. Leaves are 1.8-10 cm long and shorter toward the top of the stem.
Root: Taproot that is up to 3.6m deep.
Bristol fairy, Maiden’s breath
Native plant Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis magaritacea). This plant has soft, hairy leaves and is not bushy.
Where did it come from? Introduced from Eurasia as an ornamental. It is still used extensively in the floral industry.
Where does it grow here? It prefers disturbed areas, open spaces like grasslands, pastures and roadsides. It grows in sandy soils.
Reproduction: Only by seed. One plant can produce up to 13,000 seeds. Seeds stay viable in soil for up to 2 years.
When does it grow, flower & seed? Sprouts in April. Flowers June-July. Seeds August - October.
Spreads By: Primarily by wind. The stem breaks off at the bottom and the plant becomes a tumbleweed spreading seeds as it moves.
Plant Type: Annual
Southern Interior Weed Management Committee. 2016. Invasive Plants of the Southern Interior BC.
Photo by J. Rasmussen