Feb. 6, 2018

Indian tobacco, Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

When we were kids this was always Indian tobacco. The plant has a unusual pungent aroma that we always enjoyed. It was fun for Roy, Dale, Gene or even the Lone Ranger and Tonto to imagine what it would be like to smoke it. Now these make fragile but pretty dried flowers. Here the actual flowers are to the sides of the dried bracts left after seeds fall. It makes an interesting and self seeding addition to gardens. Now more often called rabbit tobacco or sweet everlasting, it grows in open areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 9/7/15.