Rabbit Tobacco
(Eastern Rabbit Tobacco - Blunt Leaf Rabbit Tobacco - Sweet Everlasting)
Gnaphalium obtusifolium
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Rabbit Tobacco is also known as Everlasting, Catfoot and Old Field Balsam.

Plant is an upright, densely hairy, fragrant annual. Preferred habitat is thin woods, pine woods, old fields, stable dunes and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are slightly drooping; alternate on the stem; nearly linear and twisted; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal; leaf base is wedge-shaped; sometimes spreads to right angles from the stem.

Flower heads are individually short-stalked and nearly one inch broad. Disc flowers are bisexual; symmetrical in shape. Flowers are white; no rays. Flowers occur in the summer, extending into autumn.

Fruit is achene (seed which outer layer is fused to it.

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