Gnaphalium californicum
Gnaphalium californicumGnaphalium californicum

Gnaphalium californicum

California Everlasting

A biennial or short-lived perennial about 2′ tall.

A pioneer plant that helps to prepare a site and aid in the establishment of longer-lived plants in the native landscape.

The green foliage has a cumin-like fragrance; creamy-white flowers summer to fall are used in dried and fresh flower arrangements.

Attractive companion plants: Sagebrush, Coyote brush, and Buckwheat. Well suited for an informal, cottage style garden.

The American Painted Lady Butterfly uses this plant as food for its larvae.

 

Sun: Full Sun
Water: Dry, Light, Moderate
Soil: Clay, Sand, Rocky
Other: Attracts Butterflies, Drought Tolerant
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Additional Information

Ecological Value

The American Painted Lady Butterfly uses this plant as food for its larvae.

Historical Uses

Used to treat coughs.

Distribution

Native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

Elevation

Between 0 and 5,906 feet

Communities

Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral.

Habitat

Dry, open or wooded hills.