Common Cudweed - Filago vulgaris


    Short to low grey-white woolly plant, stems erect. Flowerheads yellow in dense rounded clusters sometimes of 20 or more, 10 to 14 mm across. 

    Similar Species

    Filago (Logfia) minima

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    10-40 flower-heads in each cluster; outer phyllaries (bracts under flower head) acuminate and erect in fruit.

    Small Cudweed (F minima) has 2-8 in each cluster, and phyllaries are obtuse to subacute; it is scarce in VC55

    Recording advice

    A photograph of the whole plant in flower


    Heathy grassland, embankments and disturbed ground.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Found mainly south of a line from the Severn to the Humber it is not as common as the name suggests being listed as 'near threatened' in Great Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Only occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; disturbed ground on well-drained soils, especially quarries; occasional.

    It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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