Anaphalis margaritacea is a perennial 30-90 cm tall, colonial from rhizomes, stems erect, leafy, wooly-white, often rusty with age.
Leaves alternate, narrow, to 12 cm long, 2 cm wide, sessile, hairier below than above, margins curled backward.
Flowers yellow, very small, in heads almost entirely enclosed with dry, white bracts, tips showing in a button-like cluster; heads round, 1 cm wide.
Fruit dry 1-seeded, plumed. Wind dispersed.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Open, dry disturbed or burned areas on sandy soil.