Spoonleaf purple everlasting or cudweed (Gamochaeta purpurea) is an annual or sometimes biennial in the Asteraceae family whose native habitat includes sandy soils and beaches.
This plant is the host plant for the American lady butterfly in our area - a great reason to allow it to grow in your yard. A plant that readily self-sows, this native – like so many of our native wildflowers – has been deemed weedy and consequently is rarely available for sale. However, with wooly stems, soft grey-green leaves, and up to 50 tiny bluish-purple disk flowers along the head of each stem, this somewhat dainty plant is an important food source for our American Lady caterpillars, leafhoppers and other herbivores. The plant grows to a maximum height of about 18 inches and, in our area, usually flowers between March and June. If you have an area that can support a freeform planting design, why not allow spoonleaf purple everlasting to take hold?