This is a native herb of vernal wetlands and other open, moist disturbed ground. It is grayish white because of a dense covering of hairs, with multiple stalks up to 30” long arising from a basal rosette. The leaves are narrow, spoon shaped and clasping. The flowers are small, brownish yellow surrounded by a whitish corolla, and develop amid clusters of leaves atop the stems. It is a member of the tribe Gnaphalieae in family Asteraceae, which includes the Everlastings. It is a larval host for American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) butterflies, an uncommon migrant in our region.
Thank you to Craig Sondergaard for identifying this plant for me.
Size- Up to 30” tall
Habitat- Open, damp to just vernally wet, disturbed ground and woodland edges
Range- Region wide in appropriate habitat
Blooms- Late spring through summer