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Gnaphalium affine is a Biennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, India.
Waste ground and cultivated fields in lowland all over Japan[
]. Hillsides and arid ground in China[
].Open places at elevations of 600 - 3500 metres in Nepal[
We have very little information on this species but it should succeed as a spring-sown annual in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
The leaves are used in rice dumplings[
]. The plant contains a large amount of carotene[
The whole plant is antiperiodic, antitussive, expectorant and febrifuge[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of influenza, sore throat, productive coughing, rheumatoid arthralgia, traumatic injuries, leucorrhoea, seminal emissions, hives and weeping pruritis of the skin[
The wooly hairs of the dried leaves are used as a tinder[
Seed - sow late spring in situ and only just cover the seed.