The stems are green and may be tomentose. The flowers look white from a distance, but these are the phyllaries, which are in 7–10 series and may be white to pink. The disk flowers are small and yellow, barely peeping out from the surrounding phyllaries (see photo #2). There are no ray flowers. The heads remain closed until long after fertilization, finally opening when the fruits are ready, which are a tangle of white thread-like pappuses (photo #3). After the fruits drop, what remains is an open disk of phyllaries, stained brown. This plant can easily be mistaken for Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea, see above). However, this blooms earlier in the year, and is easily distinguished by its leaves, which are green on both sides. The leaves are decurrent, and the leaf margin may be rolled under. The leaves are very aromatic, with a curry-like odor. Photo #3 by Cliff Halverson.