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Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium ssp. obtusifolium (Blunt-leaf rabbit-tobacco)
Stone, Robert L.

Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium ssp. obtusifolium

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

Blunt-leaf Rabbit-tobacco, Rabbit Tobacco, Sweet Everlasting, Fragrant Cudweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Gnaphalium obtusifolium


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

Annual or winter annual (establishing late in the season and over-wintering to flower the following year) with one to several white, woolly, stiffly erect stems, branching above. 1 - 3 ft. tall. Narrow stem leaves and a round-topped inflorescense composed of many flower heads with papery bracts. Flowers are small and white, quickly becoming brown.


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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
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CT , 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
Canada: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: P.E.I. to Ont., s. to Gulf Coast States
Native Habitat: Dry clearings; woodland edges; fields

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Various mostly dry soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: American lady

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Commercially Avail: yes

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0636 Collected Oct 31, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Web Reference

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

From the Archive

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Additional resources

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


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

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