California Cudweed

California Cudweed is Is a perennial herb that ranges from 8 inches to almost three feet tall and two feet wide, has a pleasant fragrance and goes semi-doprmant in the summer after blooming in the winter spring and early summer.
Known scientifically both as pseudognaphalium californicum and gnaphalium californicum, it is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae or Sunflower family known by several other common names, including ladies’ tobacco, California rabbit tobacco, and California everlasting. It is native to the West Coast of North America from Washington to Baja California, where it is a member of the flora of many habitats, including chaparral. In California it is most often found near the coast from Sonoma County southward and in the Sierra foothills. This is an annual or biennial herb growing a branching stem reaching 20 to 80 centimeters in height. Stem branches bear linear to somewhat lance-shaped leaves 2 to 20 centimeters long. The green herbage is hairy, sticky and scented.
The leaves produce a distinctive aroma like maple syrup.
The flower head is a wide cluster of flowers, each enveloped in an involucre of rows of bright white phyllaries. The flowers are very long lasting when dried and are used in flower arrangements. Classification is disputed between the genera Pseudognaphalium and Gnaphalium but it is presently classified as Pseudognaphlium. There is also uncertainty in the common name; some sources refer to it as Pearly Everlasting which is actually a separate species (Anaphlis margaritacea). It would work best in an informal or garden or wildscape. It re-seeds itself prolifically so be prepared to pull seedlings from areas where it is not wanted.
Cudweed is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
People use cudweed for conditions such as high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, gut infections, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.