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PlantFiles: Sweet Cudweed, Old-Field Balsam, Life-Everlasting, Rabbit Tobacco, Indian Posy, Cat's Foot
Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pseudognaphalium (soo-doh-naf-FAY-lee-um) (Info)
Species: obtusifolium (ob-too-sih-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Synonym:Gnaphalium polycephalum
Synonym:Gnaphalium obtusifolium

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Unknown - Tell us

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wakingdream On Jun 29, 2012, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

This strange new plant appeared in my garden after I had lived here 20 years. Researching it revealed the name Catfoot. It behaves as a biennial in zone 6 southeastern PA. It grew to 2 feet in height and was quite attractive for many months. At first I was impatient to see what all the tight little buds would open into, but I finally realized they themselves were the show.

The year one basal rosette resembles Lamb's Ear or Lychnis at first glance. I grew some in winter jugs in 2011 and they took readily. The stems are quite pale and blossoms resemble the toes of a cat.

The other common name of 'Sweet Everlasting' is also appropriate.

Positive frostweed On Feb 5, 2008, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Sweet Cudweed, Old-Field Balsam, Life-Everlasting, Rabbit Tobacco, Indian Posy, Cat's Foot Gnaphalium obtusifolium, is native to Texas and other States, and is a larval host for the Painted Lady butterfly.

Neutral raisedbedbob On Feb 16, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

The leaves and flowers (chewed or in tea) were traditionally used to treat sore throat, pneumonia, colds, fevers, upset stomach, abdominal cramps, asthma, flu, coughs, rheumatism, bowel disorders, mouth ulcers, hemorrage, and tumors. Was also used as a mild nerve sedative, diuretic, and antispasmotic. The fresh juice was considered an aphrodisiac.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dyer, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Mount Dora, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Merryville, Louisiana
Oakland, Maryland
Cole Camp, Missouri
Thayer, Missouri
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Texas

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