Etymology: Gnaphalium: derived from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-32" tall, fragrant forb; stems with white, woolly hairs
Leaves: alternate, toothless, mostly stalkless, linear, bases not extending down the stem, whitish below and greenish above
Flowers: head white, 1/4" wide, no rays, disks with 75-125 flowers; inflorescence with many heads in branched, often roundish clusters; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: smooth, dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: prairies, disturbed sites, cliffs; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.