|botanical illustration of Filago vulgaris|
Filago germanica (L.) Huds.
Filago vulgaris or Filago germanica, commonly known as common cudweed or common cottonrose, is an annual herbaceous plant of the genus Filago. It is in the Inuleae tribe of the Sunflower (Asteraceae) family. Common names also include: Danish—Kugle-museurt, and Norwegian—Kuleullurt.
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. It is a listed Near Threatened species in the Red Data Book for England, due to agricultural practices.
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.
The plant blooms July to September, with dense, terminal flowerheads, flowers that are light yellow.
- ITIS Catalogue of Life: Filago germanica (provisionally accepted name), syn: Filago vulgaris . Distribution list (native + introduced) . accessed 4.4.2013
- USDA Plants Profile for Filago vulgaris (common cottonrose) . accessed 4.4.2013
- Cabi.org—Invasive Species Compendium | Filago vulgaris
- Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora — Filago vulgaris . accessed 4.4.2013
- Dorset: F. vulgaris
- Cabi.org—Invasive presence distribution map (Scandinavia)
Media related to Filago vulgaris at Wikimedia Commons
- Dorset Nature: Wildflowers — Common Cudweed (Filago vulgaris) — image gallery.
- Bioinfo.org.uk: Feeding and other inter-species relationships
- Bioinfo.org.uk: Images gallery — plant and flowers sections.
- Filago vulgaris—U.C. photo
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