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Common Name: Marsh Cudweed
Gnaphalium uliginosum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Most of Europe, including Britain, to W. Asia.
Damp places in sandy fields, heaths, waysides etc, on acid soils[
Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade in a moist to wet light acid soil[
Marsh cudweed is little used in modern herbalism, though it is occasionally taken for its astringent, antiseptic and anticatarrhal properties[
The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, astringent, diaphoretic and diuretic[
]. It may also have aphrodisiac and anti-depressant effects[
]. It is used both internally and externally in the treatment of laryngitis, upper respiratory catarrh and tonsillitis, whilst in Russia it is used in the treatment of high blood pressure[
]. The plant is harvested when it is in flower and is dried for later use[
Yellow and green dyes are obtained from the whole plant[
Seed - sow late spring in situ and only just cover the seed.