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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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

Gnaphalium obtusifolium. L. G. polycephalum. Michx.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Anaphrodisiac;  Antiphlogistic;  Antispasmodic;  Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Sedative;  

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].


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].
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].
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

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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