spoonleaf purple everlasting
Scientific NameGnaphalium purpureum
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May grow in winter or summer or act as a biennial. Seeds germinate soon after they are shed. Major flowering occurs from mid-spring to early summer and from August to September. In the winter months the plant may over-winter as a rosette.
Rosette leaves that grow 10 cm long and 2 cm wide. From the rosette leaves grows and elongating stem that is white wooly and bracts form off the stem. The erect wooly stem may reach 40 cm in height.
White wooly surface on under side of leaves.
Flower Seed Head
Flower clusters are formed at the ends of the erect stems. Individual flowers are small, tannish white. Bracts are found at upper portion of the flowering spike and are light brown, often purple or pink.
Seeds are oval shaped and 0.5-0.7 mm in length.
Found in dry, sandy soils. Cudweed is a common weed of low-maintenance turfgrass. Most common is the southern United States.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval