Etymology: Gnaphalium: derived from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly
Plants: erect, annual, 12"-40" tall, fragrant forb; stems with glandular hairs but becoming woolly near the top
Leaves: alternate, toothless, linear with the base extending down the stem
Flowers: head relatively large with no rays, disks with 60-100 white flowers; inflorescence with many heads in branched clusters; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: smooth, dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: sun; dry; open woods, pastures, roadsides
Conservation Status: Native