Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Red Car Property: Cudweed Blooming**

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 21, 2011.  Probably* native Cudweed is blooming on the slope where natives thrive below Adelbert. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

**8-24-11 UPDATE: Thanks to one of our regular readers (who has identified several native plants in the past) for providing the following interesting info on Cudweed...

"Psuedoghapthalium has a bicolor leaf, the sun facing part of the leaf is whiter and the shady part is a lighter greenish color, hence the name bicolor.

And there is the Fragrant Rabbit tobacco type that when you crush the leaf an odor is emitted (some have odor without crushing).

Psuedo and Gnapthalium are in the pearly everlasting category because they make great dried flower decorations. If it is a fragrant type then it has two great qualities of making the room nice smelling and giving it an artistic touch.

The smaller Gnapthalium chilensis is the weedy introduced one that grows in shady waste (not mowed) places. It has no odor and is too small to use in large dried flower decorations."