Description for Gnaphalium obtusifolium
Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (formerly Gnaphalium obtusifolium) is a member of the Asteraceae family. ... P. obtusifolium is found on open dry sandy habitat throughout Eastern North America. Common names include old field balsam, rabbit tobacco and sweet everlasting.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium,old field balsam, rabbit tobacco and sweet everlasting.||white||July Aug Sept.||6 to 30 inches||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.
|Full Sun||well-drained soil||Medium||20-25C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Gnaphalium obtusifolium
- Deadhead to prolong flowering.
- Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
- plant will die with the first frost
Typical uses of Gnaphalium obtusifolium
Special features: Rabbit tobacco is widely used among the Southern Indians. The name is undeniably of American Indian origin. ... Garret (2003, 91, 236), an Eastern Cherokee,uses the name rabbit tobacco for Gnaphalium obtusifolium, Anaphalis margaritacea, and Antennaria plantaginifolia.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Everlasting is certainly astringent and is commonly thought to be sedative, diuretic and a very mild pain reliever. Both the smoke and a leaf tea have been use to treat various throat and bronchial conditions from colds to asthma and especially for coughs. It is also used for diarrhea. Sores on the skin and in the mouth are poulticed with it as are bruises and it has been highly recommended for burns.
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