Sweet Everlasting (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: Up to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 1 foot
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: The disk flower is yellowish, but more visible is the white, papery bracts, cone-shaped
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Cold stratify for 2 months
Pollinators: Various insects

Attractive seed heads can stay in tact through the winter, not ea

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Posted by LindaTX8 (Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Jun 9, 2012 10:38 PM

This plant is a host plant for the American Lady butterflies. It is in the Asteraceae family of plants. It was very important to many Native American tribes, who used it for herbal medicinal purposes and also in tribal ceremonies. The early European settlers in the U.S. learned of its herbal medicinal uses and also came to use its fragrant properties to keep their houses smelling good and used it also for certain herbal medicinal purposes. In modern times it seemed it lost favor as people lost touch with the old ways and weren't much interested in the plant lore their elders knew about. There seems to be some conflict over whether it is an annual or perennial or biennial, but I believe it is an annual or biennial depending on the climate in which it's grown.

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