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Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium - (L.)Hilliard.&Burtt.

Common Name White Balsam, Rabbit-tobacco
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Pine woods and clearings[43] in dry open habitats[200].
Range Eastern N. America - Ontario to Georgia and Alabama.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium White Balsam, Rabbit-tobacco


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Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium White Balsam, Rabbit-tobacco
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Gnaphalium obtusifolium. L. G. polycephalum. Michx.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Anaphrodisiac  Antiphlogistic  Antispasmodic  Astringent  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Expectorant  Sedative  
Vermifuge

The whole plant is anaphrodisiac, antiphlogistic, astringent, diaphoretic, expectorant, vermifuge[4, 61]. It is used internally in the treatment of throat ulcers, chest complaints, intestinal and respiratory catarrh etc and is also applied externally as a poultice to bruises, indolent tumours etc[4, 254]. A tea made from the leaves and flowers is a mild nerve sedative, diuretic and antispasmodic[222]. The fresh juice is considered to be aphrodisiac[222]. It is anaphrodisiac according to another report[4]. The aromatic dried flowers are used as a filling for pillows, having a sedative effect which is beneficial to consumptives[4]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[4]. This has proved to be of benefit in the treatment of sciatica, lumbago and some forms of arthritis[4].

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Other Uses

Repellent  Stuffing

The plant is used as an insect repellent, it is placed in bedmats, books etc[178] and in the linen cupboard[207]. The flower heads are used as a stuffing material for mattresses[207].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a dry soil in an open sunny position[200]. Plants are sometimes grown in the wild garden[200]. The leaves have a pleasant aromatic smell and an aromatic, slightly bitter, astringent agreeable taste[4].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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