Gamochaeta purpurea (Gnaphalium purpureum) spoonleaf purple everlasting Asteraceae GNPU; Q, fh (M. Feder p.c.); R (DeCandido 2001);

Gnaphalium purpureum.James H. Miller @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens.

Gnaphalium purpureum.James H. Miller @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens. (Accessed 4/2014).

Gamochaeta purpurea is an annual to biennial herb, thinly wooly, 10-40 cm tall. 

Leaves alternate, the lowest spatula-shaped to 10 cm long, 2 cm wide, tip rounded, often forming basal rosette. 

Flowers purplish, no rays, only tips showing at top of head, bracteate base 0.3-0.5 cm long, wooly, bracts pale brown, purplish or green with white-web-like hairs, in small clusters along upper, unbranched stem; blooms May-Oct. 

Fruit dry, a 1-seeded, plumed achene. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open, dry, sandy soil.