Filago vulgaris

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Filago vulgaris
Filago vulgaris Sturm20.jpg
botanical illustration of Filago vulgaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Inuleae
Genus: Filago
Species: F. vulgaris
Binomial name
Filago vulgaris

Filago germanica (L.) Huds.

Filago vulgaris or Filago germanica,[1] commonly known as common cudweed or common cottonrose, is an annual herbaceous plant of the genus Filago.[2] It is in the Inuleae tribe of the Sunflower (Asteraceae) family. Common names also include: DanishKugle-museurt, and NorwegianKuleullurt.[3]


Filago vulgaris is native to Europe, from the Mediterranean region north to Northern Ireland, Scotland. It is found in grassland, sand dunes, rocky ledges, and cultivated fields.[1][4] It is a listed Near Threatened species in the Red Data Book for England, due to agricultural practices.[5]

It is an invasive species in Scandinavia and Finland.[3][6] It is a naturalized introduced species in the Northwestern and Eastern United States, and in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada.[2]


Filago vulgaris can reach 5–30 centimetres (2.0–11.8 in) in height. The linear wavy-edged leaves and the stems are a white and woolly in texture and appearance.[5]

The plant blooms July to September, with dense, terminal flowerheads, flowers that are light yellow.[5]


External links[edit]

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