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Sweet Everlasting Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

Previously known as:

  • Gnaphalium obtusifolium var. praecox
  • Pseudognaphalium
Phonetic Spelling
soo-doh-naf-FAY-lee-um ob-too-sih-FOH-lee-um
Description

The stems, undersides of leaves and base of bracts of this plant are covered with dense white woolly hairs. Its narrow elliptical leaves are aromatic when crushed. It is usually found along roadsides and in fields. This wildflower is a larval host for the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis).

Habitat: Openings, woodlands, coastal dunes, sandy pinelands, disturbed areas.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#sun#partial shade#weed#tubular flowers#low maintenance#meadow#NC native#roadside#naturalizes#wildflower garden#food source fall#food source herbage#sandy soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#sun#partial shade#weed#tubular flowers#low maintenance#meadow#NC native#roadside#naturalizes#wildflower garden#food source fall#food source herbage#sandy soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pseudognaphalium
    Species:
    obtusifolium
    Family:
    Asteracaeae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Canada to U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Nebraska and Minnesota.
    Wildlife Value:
    Larval host for the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    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
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from September to December
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Branching cluster of white tubular flower heads on 1-2 ft. stem. Blooms from August to November.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    narrow
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Hairy
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Problems:
    Weedy