Gnaphalium EricoidesHeath-Leaved Gnaphalium
- Class and Order
- Syngenesia Polygamia Superflua
- Generic Character
- Recept. nudum. Pappus plumosus. Cal. imbricatus: squamis marginalibus rotundatis scariosis coloratis.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- GNAPHALIUM ericoides fruticosum foliis sessilibus linearibus, calycibus exterioribus rudibus, interioribus incarnatis. Linn. Am. Acad. v. 6. p. 99. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 746. Ait. Hort. Kew. p. 174.
In the 6th vol. of the Amœnitates Academicæ, Linnæus describes this species of Gnaphalium, most probably from dried specimens collected at the Cape, where it is a native; so insignificant did the plant appear to him, that in his description, he calls it misera; compared with the more magnificent species, such a term might not perhaps be inapplicable: but, though small, the plant possesses much beauty when cultivated, and hence is generally kept in our green-houses.
It flowers from March to August.
Its branches, naturally weak and trailing, require to be carefully tied up; if this business be executed with taste and judgment, the natural beauty of the plant may be considerably heightened.
It is readily increased by cuttings.
Was introduced to the royal garden at Kew, by Mr. Masson, in 1774.