Etymology: Gnaphalium: derived from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly
Plants: erect, annual, 2"-12" tall, branched forb; stems white-woolly
Leaves: alternate, toothless, mostly stalkless, linear, both sides woolly
Flowers: head tiny, brownish, no rays; inflorescence with heads in small, tight clusters at the top of the stem and from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: wet to dry; streambanks, disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"