Gamochaeta pensylvanica

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Gamochaeta pensylvanica
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Photo by Dennis Girard, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae
Genus: Gamochaeta
Species: G. pensylvanica
Binomial name
Gamochaeta pensylvanica
(Willd.) Cabrera
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Natural range of Gamochaeta pensylvanica from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Pennsylvania everlasting

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Gnaphalium purpureum Linnaeus var. purpureum; Gnaphalium purpureum Linnaeus var. spathulatum (Lamarck) Baker; Gnaphalium peregrinum Fernald; Gnaphalium spathulatum Lamarck; Gnaphalium purpureum Linnaeus


A description of Gamochaeta pensylvanica is provided in The Flora of North America.




G. pensylvanica has been found in sandy loam of floodplain forests; scrubby growth of old burn in coastal hammocks; marsh edges; lake shores; fallow fields; dried up lake bottoms; cabbage palm hammocks; limestone glades; and pinewoods. It can be found in human disturbed areas such as roadsides, citrus groves, vacant lots, pastures, lawns, and fire breaks. Soil types include sandy loam, loamy sand, gray-black sand, and peaty soils.[1] Associated species include Acer, Celtis, Morus, Platanus, Populus, Quercus, Ulmus, Gamochaeta antillana, Hypochaeris glabra, Carex, Panicum commutatum, Stachys floridana and Gamochaeta coarctata.[1]


G. pensylvanica has been observed to flower January through May and November with peak inflorescence in April.[2][1]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: Collectors: States and Counties: Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, C.W. Campbell, Andre F. Clewell, H.S. Conrad, George R. Cooley, Richard J. Eaton, A. Gholson Jr., R.K. Godfrey, Ann F. Johnson, R. Komarek, Meredith Jones, R. Kral, Richard S. Mitchell, Joseph Monachino, R.A. Norris, John Popenoe, Grady W. Reinert, Paul O. Schallert, Lloyd H. Shinners, Cecil R. Slaughter, L.B. Trott, Jean Wooten. States and Counties: Florida: Baker, Bay, Calhoun, Dade, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hernando, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Orange, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Wakulla. Georgia: Grady. Country: Costa Rica. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 9 DEC 2016