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Wright's Cudweed
Pseudognaphalium microcephalum
  
About Wright's Cudweed (Pseudognaphalium microcephalum) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant White Everlasting (Gnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum) is a native perennial herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family that grows primarily in southern California, along the central coast, and in the Sierras. It tends to grow at elevations from sea level to 6,500 feet. Like other members of this genus, the flowers are very long-lasting when dried and are used in flower arrangements. It is closely related to Pseudognaphalium californicum but is less commonly seen in
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
4 ft tall
2 ft wide

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 
The flowers attract various insects when it is blooming in late summer

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 14 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Egira hiemalis Image
Egira hiemalisEgira hiemalis
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Hellinsia phoebus Image
Hellinsia phoebusHellinsia phoebus
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Rifseria fuscotaeniaella Image
Rifseria fuscotaeniaellaRifseria fuscotaeniaella
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Scrobipalpula psilella Image
Scrobipalpula psilellaScrobipalpula psilella

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of soils including clay, shale, sand, etc.. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
In the wild it is most often seen with other pioneer species such as Lotus (Acmispon sp.), native grasses, and wildflowers.

Propagation
Propagation?
By seed

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Flats and slope bottoms, rocky soils. This is a pioneer species that is often found in open or disturbed areas.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 8.1" - 75.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.19", Coldest Month: 27.0" - 56.6", Hottest Month: 54.6" - 80.6", Humidity: 0.51" - 30.77", Elevation: -1" - 7376"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Gnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum,Gnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum;Pseudognaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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