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Purple Everlasting Gamochaeta purpurea

Phonetic Spelling
gam-oh-KY-ay-ta pur-PUR-ee-uh
Description

Early cudweed a native annual or biennial in the Asteraceae (daisy family).  It can be found in coastal areas, grasslands, forest edges, fields, weedy gardens, waste places, along roadsides, and in disturbed areas.  It is commonly considered a winter annual weed and flowers in its first season.  The stems are erect and fuzzy with soft gray green leaves that form small basal rosettes. Its roots are shallow and fibrous and sometimes have a taproot.  This plant prefers sandy dry soil and grows in the fulls sun.

This is the least weedy of the Gamochaeta plants and it is sometimes confused with Gamochaeta pensylvanica or Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#weedy#winter annual weed#NC native#disturbed areas#annual weed#native weed#roadside
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#weedy#winter annual weed#NC native#disturbed areas#annual weed#native weed#roadside
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gamochaeta
    Species:
    purpurea
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    It was used by Native Americans as a tea for colds and flu.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Biennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Canada to Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Native Plant
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Achenes tan in color .5 mm long and are slimy when wet. They are topped with bristly pappus fused into a ring at the base.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Up to 50 pale purple to white disk flowers per head only no strap shaped ray flowers like on other members of the daisy family. The flowers appear from April through June.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Obovate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Fuzzy gray green altnerate leaves are simple with smooth margins, occasionally sinuate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy