E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Filago vulgaris Lam.
common filago (common cottonrose)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems erect, branched above, greyish to green, cobwebby, 10-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, entire, oblanceolate, abruptly pointed at the tip, 5-10 cm long, 1-4 mm wide, greyish-green.
Heads disciform, terminal in a dense globose cluster, additional globose clusters in the leaf axils on upper branches; involucres about 5 mm tall; involucral bracts boat-shaped, subtending outermost flowers, woolly throughout; inner flowers 2-5, appearing perfect but often sterile, bractless.
Achenes 0.7-1 mm, ellipsoid, compressed side-to-side, finely hairy; pappus of white, hairlike bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Open, grassy sites and disturbed areas in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from the Gulf Islands; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Filago germanica L. 1763, nom. illeg., non Filago germanica Huds. 1762
Gifola germanica Dumort.
Gnaphalium germanicum Scop.

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