Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Rabbit Tobacco (Sweet Everlasting) (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium) (Synonym: Gnaphalium obtusifolium): Images

Date Location Notes Images
September 2, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire There are only a handful of plants I can find listed as growing in New Hampshire that look anything like this one:
  • Western Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea): More rounded flower heads with some outer white bracts spreading open.
  • Woman’s Tobacco (Antennaria plantaginifolia): Pussytoes like flowers, basal, plantain-like leaves.
  • Marsh Cudweed (Gnaphalium uliginosum): Leaves grow only to 4 cm long.
  • Alpine Arctic Cudweed (Omalotheca supina): Alpine plant. Leaves grow only to 2.5 cm long. Tight clusters of brown flowerheads.
  • Woodland Arctic Cudweed (Omalotheca sylvatica): Long, thin leaves. Flower heads with dark green bracts bunch in terminal and axillary clusters up the stem.
  • Macoun’s Cudweed (Pseudognaphalium macounii): Leaf blades extend downwards after attaching to the stem (decurrent). Glandular-hairy stem and wooly white hairs only near the inflorescence.
  • Heller’s Cudweed (Pseudognaphalium helleri): Glandular-hairy stem and wooly white hairs only near the inflorescence. Leaves not distinctly decurrent. (See Pseudognaphalium macounii above.)
  • Rabbit Tobacco (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium): Seems to match this plant.