Brown cudweed

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. December 2017.

Scientific name: Gnaphalium uliginosum L.

Common name(s): brown cudweed, marsh cudweed, low cudweed

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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-leaves are:

  • linear oblanceolate
  • alternate
  • entire

-3-15 cm tall

-covered in white hairs



-disturbed areas



-wet areas

Natural History:

-native to Europe

-traditional medical use:

  • treat high blood pressure
  • anstringent
  • antiseptic
  • decongestant



Go Botany. “Gnaphalium Uliginosum L.” Gnaphalium Uliginosum (Brown Cudweed): Go Botany, 2021,

Burke Museum. “Gnaphalium Uliginosum.” Burke Herbarium Image Collection, WTU Herbarium, 2021,