Euchiton japonicus

Creeping Cudweed

Perennial or biennial herb producing roots and shoots along trailing stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymEuchiton collinus, Euchiton gymnocephalus, Gnaphalium gymnocephalum, Gnaphalium collinum
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 35 cm x creeping
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesBasal rosette of lance-shaped leaves, broader towards tip, 4-20 cm x 4-10 mm, green with sparse cobwebbed hairs above, grey or white, densely hairy below; 2-6 smaller stem leaves.
  • Flower colourBrownish-white
  • Flowering timemainly September to January
  • FlowersRound terminal head 1-2 cm across of 9-20 small cup-shaped flowerheads. 1-3 small floral leaves below the cluster. Rosette leaves persist when in flower.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils, often colonising bare ground and stream and track edges. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useA small plant often found growing in lawns. Low growing plant for moist draining areas but needs to be watched in case it spreads too much.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesEuchiton involucratus can be distinguished by its larger leaves, the often wavy stem leaves and 3-6 floral leaves some of which are longer than the cluster of flowers. Rosette leaves wither at flowering. It commonly occurs in swamps.
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