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Prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny position. Requires a moist soil. Succeeds in most soils, including poor ones, and also in light shade. Succeeds in the shade of buildings, but not of trees. Plants are hardy to about -25°c. The flowering stems can be dried and used as everlasting flowers. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. The seed is best sown when it is ripe in the autumn. It usually germinates in 4 - 8 weeks at 15°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division is very easy at almost any time of the year, the divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions if required.
N. America. N.E. Asia. Naturalized in Britain.
Moist meadows, by rivers, on wall tops and in sandy and waste places.
Pearly everlasting was often employed medicinally by native North American Indian tribes who used it in the treatment of a range of ailments. It is little used in modern herbalism. The whole plant is anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant and sedative. Used internally, it is a good remedy for diarrhoea, dysentery and pulmonary affections. A poultice of the flowers or the whole plant is applied to burns, sores, ulcers, bruises, swellings and rheumatic joints. An infusion of the plant is steamed and inhaled in the treatment of headaches. a cooled infusion of the roots and shots has been used as a laxative and emetic to treat 'poison stomach'.
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