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Cud Weed Gnaphalium

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Gamochaeta
  • Pseudognaphalium
Description

Cudweeds are in the Asteraceae (daisy) family and comprise several closely related species that may be winter annuals or short-lived perennials. Seeds are wind-dispersed in prolific numbers. Stems and undersides of leaves are white and hairy. Flowers are tannish-white with brown or purple bracts. Cudweeds are generally regarded as weeds of low fertility soils. This weed is well managed by several preemergence herbicides. 

Cudweed is also known by the Latin names Pseudognaphalium spp., Gamochaeta spp.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#medicinal#weeds#perennials
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#weed#medicinal#weeds#perennials
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gnaphalium
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Gnaphalium has been used for pain of the sciatic nerve when pain is associated with numbness.
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Distribution:
    America, Asia, Africa, Australia
    Wildlife Value:
    Food for American painted lady caterpillars.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Weed
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Cudweeds have basal rosettes and the leaves and seedheads are covered in distinct fine, white "wooly" fibers.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy