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Jersey Cudweed

Gnaphalium luteo-album

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Beaches, fields, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, wasteland, woodland.

Yellow, no petals
The flowers exist inside a dense, terminal umber. The flowers are yellow with red stigmas. The bracts are light brown or yellowish. Pollinated by flies and bees.
The fruit is the seed (achene). It has hairs attached to the end of it (the pappus).
An annual or biennial plant with greyish-green, lance-shaped, downy leaves and inrolled margins. The basal leaves are broader and blunt-tipped.
Other Names:
Cat's Paw, Everlasting Cudweed, Fragrant Everlasting, Jersey live-for-ever, Jersey live-long, Weedy Cudweed, Yellow-white Cottonweed, Yellow-white Cudweed.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Gnaphalium luteo-album, also known as yellow-white cudweed or yellow-white cottonweed, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to Europe and can be found in a variety of habitats, including meadows, pastures, and roadside verges. The plant has hairy, green leaves and small, yellow-white flowers with a brown center that bloom in the spring and summer. The flowers are surrounded by a ring of small, hairy, green bracts that resemble leaves. The plant has a hairy, branching stem and grows to be about 30 cm tall. It is a popular garden plant and is often grown for its attractive flowers and ability to tolerate dry conditions. Yellow-white cudweed is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory problems and skin conditions.


Jersey Cudweed, also known as Gnaphalium luteo-album, is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the aster family. This plant is native to Europe and Western Asia and is known for its dense clusters of yellow-white flowers that bloom in the late summer and early autumn.

The plant is named after the Island of Jersey, where it was first recorded in the 19th century. It is a herbaceous perennial that can grow up to 30 cm in height and has a spreading habit. The leaves are linear, green, and covered with a soft, white downy hair. The yellow-white flowers are arranged in dense clusters and have a sweet, honey-like fragrance.

Jersey Cudweed is often found growing in waste ground, meadows, and along the sides of roads and paths. It is a tough plant that is able to grow in a variety of soil types, including clay and chalk soils. This plant is also tolerant of drought and salt-spray, making it ideal for coastal habitats.

One of the key benefits of Jersey Cudweed is its ability to attract pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and moths. This makes it an important species for the conservation of these important insects. In addition, the plant is a valuable food source for many species of birds and mammals, including the rabbit and the hare.

In the garden, Jersey Cudweed can be grown as a border plant, in a rockery, or in a wildflower meadow. It is also an attractive addition to a cottage garden and can be used in flower arrangements. The plant is easy to grow from seed, and once established, it will self-seed readily.

Jersey Cudweed is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well worth growing in your garden. With its attractive yellow-white flowers, honey-like fragrance, and ability to attract pollinators, it is a valuable addition to any outdoor space. So why not give this hardy and attractive plant a try and see how it can enhance your garden this summer.

In terms of cultivation, Jersey Cudweed is an easy-to-grow plant that is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. It can grow in full sun or partial shade, and it is not fussy about soil type as long as it is well-drained. It is also a low-maintenance plant that requires very little in the way of care or attention.

However, it is worth noting that Jersey Cudweed can be invasive in some areas, especially if it is grown in fertile soil. If you are concerned about its invasiveness, it is best to grow the plant in a container or in a well-defined area of your garden where it can be easily controlled.

In traditional medicine, Jersey Cudweed has been used to treat a range of ailments, including coughs, colds, and respiratory infections. The plant was often made into a tea and drunk to help soothe sore throats and relieve the symptoms of the common cold.

Jersey Cudweed is also an important plant for wildlife, providing food and shelter for a range of species. The plant's dense clusters of yellow-white flowers provide an important source of nectar for bees and other insects, while its dense foliage provides a home for many species of butterfly and moth larvae.

Overall, Jersey Cudweed is a valuable addition to any garden, whether it be a traditional cottage garden, a wildflower meadow, or a modern urban garden. With its attractive yellow-white flowers, sweet fragrance, and ability to attract pollinators, it is a plant that is sure to bring joy and beauty to your outdoor space.

In addition to its ornamental and ecological benefits, Jersey Cudweed is also an important plant in traditional folk medicine. The plant contains a number of active compounds, including flavonoids and volatile oils, which are believed to have a range of medicinal properties.

For example, the plant has been used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent, and it is also believed to have expectorant and decongestant properties. These properties make it a useful remedy for respiratory problems, such as coughs and colds.

In addition, Jersey Cudweed has been used as a remedy for digestive problems, such as indigestion and flatulence. The plant's anti-inflammatory properties are believed to be particularly beneficial for digestive health, and it is thought to help soothe irritated digestive tissues.

The plant is also used in traditional folk medicine as a remedy for skin problems, such as eczema and dermatitis. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help to relieve itching and redness, and it is often used as a natural remedy for skin rashes and irritations.

It is worth noting that, while Jersey Cudweed has a long history of use in traditional medicine, its medicinal properties have not been extensively studied by modern science. As such, it is important to consult a qualified healthcare professional before using this or any other plant for medicinal purposes.

In conclusion, Jersey Cudweed is a plant with a rich history of use in traditional folk medicine, as well as being an attractive and versatile garden plant. Whether you are looking to attract pollinators to your garden, or to find a natural remedy for a health problem, this plant is a great choice that is sure to bring benefits to your life.

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