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Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

Sweet Everlasting

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Sweet Everlasting is an easy-to-grow annual with a maple syrup fragrance.

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Sweet Everlasting is an easy-to-grow annual that requires little to no maintenance. Some plants are biennial and overwinter as a small basal rosette of leaves. Others complete their life cycle in one season. Tiny hairs covering the leaves create attractive silvery green foliage. Rabbit Tobacco prefers full sun and tolerates dry soil. It has high drought tolerance. Cream colored flowers are clustered at the tops of the stems, and bloom July through September. Tubular flowers appear like closed, yellow-tipped buds, surrounded by numerous scale-like bracts that spread out and detach once the seeds mature. A tuft of wispy fluff is attached to the seeds which carries them off to nearby soils to germinate the following year. Seeds can be collected and broadcast in areas you wish them to grow. The plant exudes a subtle maple syrup fragrance. Sweet Everlasting will make a nice addition to your native mesic garden. Allow the plant to remain standing throughout the winter to offer cover and seeds for birds. Sweet Everlasting is similar to Pearly Everlasting, however, Peraly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has button-shaped flowers that open more widely.

Wildlife Value: Flowers are visited by short-tongued bees, wasps, flies and other beneficial insects. Ants may form a symbiotic relationship with the plant, exchanging nectar for protection. Birds may eat the seeds.

Plant Details:

Other Scientific Names: Gnaphalium obtusifolium

Other Common Names: Rabbit Tobacco

Plant Type: Flower, Annual

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Sandy

Soil Moisture: Dry

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 2 ft

Spread: .5 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Fast