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Sweet Cudweed

Gnaphalium obtusifolium L.

Sweet cudweed
Figure 103.—Sweet cudweed (Gnaphalium obtusifolium)
Synonym.Gnaphalium polycephalum Michx.

Other common names.—Fragrant life everSievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.


Lasting, sweet balsam, white balsam, feather-weed, rabbit-tobacco.

Habitat and range.—This plant grows in dry, mostly open places from Nova Scotia to Manitoba and south to Florida, Kansas, and Texas.

Description.—Sweet cudweed, which is better known in the drug market as life everSievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.


Lasting, is a fragrant herb 1 to 3 feet high, white-woolly nearly throughout, with an erect stem, simple or branched above. The leaves are narrow, one-sixth to one-third of an inch wide, and 1 to 3 inches long dark green above and densely white-woolly underneath. The flowers, produce] about August to September, are borne in numerous barely crowded heads consisting of one to five individual flowers.

Part used.—The herb.


Sievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.
Last update Friday, April 3, 1998 by aw