Plant family: Asteraceae - Sunflower
Plant type: Annual
Plant origin: N/A, California, Floristic Provence of Baja
Chaparral, Oak Woodland
Clay, Sand, Adaptable, Alkaline, Salt
Attracts Wildlife, Good for Cut Flowers
Pseudognaphalium californicum (syn. Gnaphalium californicum) is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by several common names, including ladies' tobacco, California rabbit tobacco, California cudweed, and California everlasting. The plant is native to the west coast of North America from Washington to Baja, California, where it is a member of the flora of many habitats, including chaparral.
A native biennial that grows to 3'x3' with cream-white flowers. It is strongly scented of maple sugar. Pearly Everlasting is a pioneer plant. It helps to prepare disturbed sites and helps establish longer-lived plants in the native landscape. Well suited for an informal, cottage style garden or a butterfly garden. The creamy flowers are used in dried, and fresh flower arrangements. The American Painted Lady Butterfly uses this plant as food for its larvae.
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