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Gnaphalium obtusifolium - Plant

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Gnaphalium obtusifolium is a medium-sized plant that measures 30-60 cm. in height and is most easily identified by its cluster of small, white or pale yellow, rayless flowers.
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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 nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium,old field balsam, rabbit tobacco and sweet everlasting.whiteJuly 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 Medium20-25CApply 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.

Culinary use:

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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