Gnaphalium uliginosum (Low Cudweed)
|Also known as:||Marsh Cudweed|
|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|
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Leaves and stem:
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.
Found in disturbed sandy and gravelly shores, banks, roadsides, empty lots and other weedy areas, this is another species that is likely under-reported in Minnesota.
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Photos by Peter M. Dziuk taken in Carlton St. Louis counties. Gnaphalium uliginosum fruit by AnRo0002, via Wikimedia Commons, used under CC0 (public domain).
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