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Euchiton involucratus

Star Cudweed

Tufted perennial or biennial herb, may root along short trailing stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymGnaphalium involucratum
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-50 cm x creeping
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesBasal rosette of narrow leaves, 6-20 cm x 3-10 mm, shiny green above, grey or white, with densely cottony hairs below; 6 -20 oblong stem-sheathing stem leaves, margins sometimes wavy.
  • Flower colourBrownish-white
  • Flowering timemainly September to February
  • FlowersRound terminal and often axillary heads 1-2.5 cm across of 20+ small cup-shaped flowerheads. 3-6 floral leaves some longer than the cluster. Rosette leaves die when in flower.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet soil in swamps. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useSmall plant for wet areas and bogs.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Related speciesDistinguished from Euchiton japonicus which has smaller leaves with scattered cobwebby hairs on top and 1-3 small floral leaves. Rosette leaves persist at flowering. It occurs in dry to damp sites.
Photographer/s: 1 Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 Andrew Burgess ©

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