Sep. 11, 2019

narrowleaf purple everlasting, Gamochaeta antillana

"It's a puzzlement!", as the King said. And probably not nearly as interesting as Anna. Butt keeps botanists going round and round. Long placed in the genus Gnaphalium, this is now most often Gamochaeta. Sometimes called G. falcata, there seem to be competing camps that consider that or G. antillaan to be illegitemate names. In the common sphere, I prefer everlasting. Many would call this cudweed. I've never known what the purple part is about. To the eye, narrowleaf purple everlasting is mostly interesting for its paleness. Each of these small heads includes three to five flowers. The cited range partly depends on what you call it. Flora of North America would find it in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, and VA, from there south to South America, and spread to Europe and New Zealand. Polk Co FL, 3/18/16.