Gamochaeta purpurea is another plant that goes relatively unnoticed. It’s easy to identify by its characteristic grayish stems and clusters of everlasting-type flowers.
A cluster of plants; the gray stems are visible from a distance
Some flowers are whitish yellow; others are yellow-brown
A close up
Leaves are alternative
Its seed pods
Gamochaeta purpurea is native to the United States. It occurs in the eastern Canada and the United States; it also grows in the Pacific states, Arizona, New Mexico, and Montana.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Gamochaeta purpurea (Spoon-leaf Purple Everlasting)
- Southeastern Flora: Spoon-leaf Purple Everlasting (Gamochaeta purpurea)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower