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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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