Gamochaeta purpurea

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Common names: purple everlasting; spoonleaf purple everlasting; purple cudweed

Gamochaeta purpurea
Gamochaeta purpurea AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Gamochaeta
Species: G. purpurea
Binomial name
Gamochaeta purpurea
Natural range of Gamochaeta purpurea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Gnaphalium purpureum Linnaeus var. purpureum, Gnaphalium purpureum Linnaeus, Gamochaeta purpurea (Linnaeus) Cabrera

Varieties: none


G. purpurea is a weedy forb in the Asteraceae family native to North America. It that can be either annual or biennial [1]. It can reach a height of 1.25 feet, and forms a basal rosette with leaves alternate and spatulate. [2]


G. purpurea ranges from northeast California through the southeastern and eastern United States and southeastern Canada [1].



G. purpurea can be found in disturbed areas such as roadsides, fields, and pastures [3].


G. purpurea has been observed to flower from March to May [4]. However, it has been observed to be flowering during November and January [5].

Seed dispersal

Seeds are wind-dispered [6].

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 USDA Plants Database URL:
  2. Gee, K. L., et al. (1994). White-tailed deer: their foods and management in the cross timbers. Ardmore, OK, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
  3. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 22 MAY 2018
  5. Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: May 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson and R. Kral. States and Counties: Florida: Martin and Putnam.
  6. Navarra, J. J. and P. F. Quintana-Ascencio (2012). "Spatial pattern and composition of the Florida scrub seed bank and vegetation along an anthropogenic disturbance gradient." Applied Vegetation Science 15: 349–358