Flowers and leaves. Photo: Russell Best, north of Melbourne, Vic

Flowers and leaves. Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.

Spent flowers. Photo: Bart Wursten, Zimbabwe

Flower heads. Photographers Jorg & Mimi Fleige, California, USA

Line drawing in Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 456.

Common Name

Purple Cudweed




Introduced annual forb to 35cm tall. Basal rosette leaves 5-12cm long, 8-20mm wide, upper surface becoming hairless, lower surface white and hairy. Stem leaves alternating up the stems, similar, but smaller and narrower. Flower heads small (to 3mm across), with 0 ’petals’, in clusters at the bases of the leaves or forming dense cylindrical groups up the stem.

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