Gnaphalium uliginosum (Low Cudweed)

Plant Info
Also known as: Marsh Cudweed
Genus:Gnaphalium
Family:Asteraceae (Aster)
Life cycle:annual
Origin:Europe
Status:
  • Weedy
Habitat:part shade, sun; moist disturbed soil, along shores, wet meadows
Bloom season:June - September
Plant height:2 to 10 inches
Wetland Indicator Status:GP: FAC MW: FAC NCNE: FAC
MN county distribution (click map to enlarge):Minnesota county distribution map
National distribution (click map to enlarge):National distribution map

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Detailed Information

Flower: Flower shape: indistinct Cluster type: flat

[photo of flowers] Small, tight clusters in the leaf axils and at the end of many branching stems. Flowers are tiny, brown to yellowish, and look like buds or flowers that have already died back and turned brown.

Leaves and stem: Leaf attachment: alternate Leaf type: simple

[photo of leaves] Leaves are up to 2 inches long, up to 1/8 inch wide, toothless, covered in white woolly hair, often a bit wavy around the edges, pointed at the tip with no leaf stalk. The stems typically spread out from the base, making it wider than tall, and are also densely covered in woolly hairs, giving them a whitish cast.

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Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk, taken in Cloquet, Carlton county, and in St. Louis county.

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