Gnaphalium luteoalbum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeGnaphaliumGnaphalium luteoalbum


An annual or biennial of sandy fields, dune-slacks and waste ground; now restricted as an apparent native to the Channel Islands, the margins of two recently created pools in Norfolk and an area of excavated shingle in Kent. Recent records elsewhere are mainly of casual plants on waste ground, although it is thriving on tracks and a rubbish tip in Dorset. Lowland.



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element, reaching its northern limit in S. Sweden. It is widely naturalised outside its native range.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 716

Life form information

Height (cm): 45

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 7

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 7

Atlas Change Index: 0.23

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Critically endangered

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.