Marsh Cudweed - Gnaphalium uliginosum


    Much branched short to medium plant. It is silvery-grey and woolly. Leaves alternate. Flowerheads without rays yellowish brown, borne in clusters. Flower bracts brownish.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    dense grey-white woolly hairs on upperside of leaves; flowers in loose, leafy inflorescences; phyllaries pale brown with darker brown tips

    Recording advice

    A photograph of the whole plant in flower


    On clay or sandy soils, often in short turf or bare areas such as paths. Can grow in surprisingly dry places.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain, except in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Quite frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 199 of the 617 tetrads.

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