Gnaphalium uliginosum

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Gnaphalium uliginosum
Moerasdroogbloem plant Gnaphalium uliginosum (1).jpg
Scientific classification
G. uliginosum
Binomial name
Gnaphalium uliginosum
L. 1753 not A. Rich. 1848

Gnaphalium uliginosum or marsh cudweed[2] is an annual plant found on damp, disturbed ground and tracks. It is very widespread across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.[3][4][5] It is very common on damp, arable grasslands, paths, and on acid soils.


It is a very woolly annual, growing 4–20 cm tall.[6]

The leaves are wooly on both sides. They are 1 to 5 cm long, narrow oblong shaped.[6]

The flower heads are 3 to 4 mm long. They are arranged in clusters of 3 to 10, surrounded by long leaves. The flower head bracts are wooly, and pale below, with dark chaffy hairless tips. The florets are brownish yellow. The stigmas are pale.[6]

It flowers from July until September.[6]


  1. ^ The Plant List, Gnaphalium uliginosum L.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ Flora of North America, Gnaphalium uliginosum Linnaeus, 1753. Marsh cudweed
  4. ^ Flora of China, Gnaphalium uliginosum Linnaeus, 1753. 湿生鼠麴草 shi sheng shu qu cao
  5. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Gnaphalium uliginosum L. includes photos, drawings, and European distribution map
  6. ^ a b c d Rose, Francis (1981). The Wild Flower Key. Frederick Warne & Co. pp. 377–380. ISBN 0-7232-2419-6.