Purple Cudweed

Biological Name:

Gnaphalium purpureum (Purple-Cudweed)

Natural Habitat:

Purple-Cudweed: This plant is native to Europe and Asia and grows in a variety of habitats, including fields, meadows, and along roadsides.


Purple-Cudweed is a winter annual weed that is native to Europe and Asia. It has hairy stems and leaves and the leaves are small and oval-shaped. The flowers are small and pink or purple and they are followed by hairy seed pods.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do you get rid of purple cudweed?
A: Cudweed is a persistent weed with glossy leaves that makes it hard to control. Control cudweed by diluting Dismiss in water and spraying the solution wherever this weed is present. Avoid cutting your grass too short and consider applying fertilizer to your lawn to prevent cudweed from returning.

Q: What kills purple loosestrife?
A: Glyphosate herbicides are very effective for killing purple loosestrife. Glyphosate is available under multiple trade names. Only aquatic formulations of glyphosate (such as Rodeo, Pondmaster and Eagre) may be used to control purple loosestrife at aquatic sites.

Q: How do I get rid of purple nutsedge in my yard?
A: During the middle of summer, you can control purple nutsedge by cultivating the infested area and then withholding all moisture to allow the sun to dry the tubers. Repeated tilling and drying are required to give good control. This method is effective only in areas where other plants don’t need irrigation.

Q: What do you spray on cudweed?
A: Products labeled to treat Cudweed.Pendulum AquaCap Herbicide 2.5 Gallon.Pendulum 2G Granular Herbicide.Pendulum 3.3 EC Herbicide.Dismiss Turf Herbicide.Dismiss South Herbicide.Solitare Herbicide.Casoron 4G Herbicide.

Q: What herbicide kills purple nutsedge?
A: You can control nutsedge in your lawn by applying Ortho® Nutsedge Killer Ready-To-Spray. It’s effective against newly emerged and established sedges. The weed is yellowed in 1-2 days, and complete kill occurs in 2- 3 weeks.

Q: Is cudweed invasive?
A: Marsh Cudweed (Gnaphalium uliginosum) is a diminutive annual wildflower. It was originally native to Europe but found its way to North America, becoming invasive and considered a noxious weed. It can overtake native foliage in small marshes, bogs, and wetlands.

Q: Is cudweed good for anything?
A: Cudweed is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. People use cudweed for conditions such as high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, gut infections, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Q: What plants are illegal to dig up in Australia?
A: Anchored water hyacinth. Eichhornia azurea.Annual thunbergia. Thunbergia annua.Candleberry myrtle. Morella faya.Cha-om. Senegalia pennata sp. insuavis.Christ’s thorn. Ziziphus spina-christi.Eurasian water milfoil. Myriophyllum spicatum.Horsetails. Equisetum spp.Karroo thorn. Vachellia karroo.

Q: Is Capeweed good for soil?
A: Capeweed has all sorts of great benefits. It can play a useful role in covering bare soil, keeping the earth cool, and attracting bees. If it’s present in your garden as part of a rich biodiversity of plants it can definitely fill a niche in the ecosystem.

Q: What are the worst invasive weeds?
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Q: How do you identify cudweed?
A: Shiny cudweed (Gamochaeta coarctata) has leaves that are glossy green on the upper surface and white and densely hairy on the underside of the leaf. Wandering cudweed (Gamochaeta pensylvanica) has soft hairs and a light green color on both leaf surfaces.

Q: Is cudweed poisonous?
A: The cause of death appears to have been nitrate poisoning from cudweed, a common late-winter weed not widely recognized as a hazard.

Q: Is cudweed the same as rabbit tobacco?
A: Pseudognaphalium californicum (syn. Gnaphalium californicum) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae known by several common names, including ladies’ tobacco, California rabbit tobacco, California cudweed, and California everlasting.

Q: What is another name for cudweed?
A: Cudweed is also known by the Latin names Pseudognaphalium spp., Gamochaeta spp.

Q: Is cudweed toxic?
A: The cause of death appears to have been nitrate poisoning from cudweed, a common late-winter weed not widely recognized as a hazard. Factors that contribute to livestock poisoning by nitrates (NO3G) are presented comprehensively by Wright and Davison (1964) and summarized in Table 1.

Q: Can you eat cudweed?
A: Cudweeds are NOT eaten. The only recorded ways they were used was as a tea or smoked. One of its common names is “Rabbit Tobacco””. Both the tea and smoke were used to treat problems breathing especially from colds and other lung issues.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.