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Evax prolifera (Bighead pygmycudweed)
Strickland, Sam C.

Evax prolifera

Evax prolifera Nutt. ex DC.

Bighead Pygmycudweed, Rabbit Tobacco

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Diaperia prolifera, Filago nuttallii, Filago prolifera


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , CO , KS , LA , MS , MT , NE , NM , OK , SC , SD , TX
Native Habitat: Blackland Prarie and westward; prefers clayey or rocky soils

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Conditions Comments: Rabbit Tobacco has what appear to be wooly hairs on its flowers and stalk. It grows very low to the ground and is a rather inconspicuous plant.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Deer Resistant: High

Mr. Smarty Plants says

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-0107 Collected 2007-06-04 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Evax prolifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Evax prolifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Evax prolifera


Record Modified: 2022-12-27
Research By: NPC

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