Pseudognaphalieum obtusifolium, Rabbit Tobacco



Historical Uses:

The Cherokee tribe was reported to use compounds of Rabbit Tobacco for muscle cramps, decoctions for colds, and sore throat. The Alabama used decoctions for insomnia and anxiety.

Special Notes:

In autum, Rabbit Tobacco can be mistaken for species of Boneset (genus Eupatorium). However, there is a trick to identifying Rabbit Tobacco. The aroma. Rabbit Tobacco, specifically P. obtusifolium, smells a lot like maple syrup.

The seeds are incredibly small and need light to germinate

  • Listing ID: 2675
  • Duration: Annual
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 1-3
  • Stratification: 60 days cold moist stratification required, requires light to germinate
  • Bloom Time: July-September
  • Family: Asteraceae (Aster)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Full sun
  • Latin Name: Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium
  • Common Name: Rabbit Tobacco, Sweet Everlasting
  • Eco-Region: 251