FRAGRANT CUDWEED, Gnaphalium
obtusifolium L. 1, plant in flower; 2, seed. Biennial,
reproducing by seed. Stem slender, 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall,
branching mostly in the upper portion; covered with white, feltlike hair.
Leaves covered with same type of hair; lower leaves a rosette, usually
spatulate; stem leaves narrow, without petioles. Flower head
small, of white disk flowers only, clustered at ends of upper branches.
Seed about 1/32 inch (0.8 mm) long, wedge-shaped, with a tuft of
hairs on one end. Found in old fields, pastures, and dry unproductive
areas. Does not persist in cultivated fields.