In Yosemite NP - Wawona. Elevation 4,000 ft. Hard to ID this late in the season, so I'm guessing a little here.
Location: Specimen was located on a gravel knoll on the ski trails south of Fort Kent, Maine.
Substrate: Soil was lightly colored, sandy, and moist. There were also different sizes of rocks mixed in.
Habitat: The ground was rocky and sparsely covered with moss. The gravel knoll was adjacent to a small meadow and surrounded by large hard and softwoods.
The Anaphalis margaritacea or Pearly Everlasting was in full bloom along the trail, one of the most common plants in areas of full sun.
Anapahlis margaritacea, commonly known as the western pearly everlasting, is a flowering perennial plant in the Asteraceae family. Since it is the only North American species it is often simply called pearly everlasting in the United States and Canada. However, it is also native to Asia and has been widely introduced in Europe. It grows erect up to heights of about 1.2 meters and has narrow, alternate leaves. One salient feature is that the undersides of...