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Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (Sweet everlasting)
Smith, R.W.

Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (L.) Hilliard & B.L. Burtt

Sweet Everlasting, Rabbit-tobacco, Fragrant Cudweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: PSOB3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Erect, cottony stem bears branched clusters of whitish-yellow, round, fragrant flower heads.

This species was formerly in the genus Gnaphalium, derived from the Greek gnaphallon ("tuft of the wool"), referring to the nature of the flower heads. It is now considered a "pseudo," or false, Gnaphalium.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet 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 , Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Nebraska and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Dry clearings, fields, and edges of woods.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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