Filago germanica is an annual herb, 5-40 cm tall, white-wooly.
Leaves alternate, 1-2 cm long, 0.1-0.3 cm wide, crowded along stem.
Flowers numerous, in whitish wooly heads, 0.4 cm wide, base wooly, bracts papery with dark central part, bristle-tipped, heads in dense, rounded clusters at ends of stems, other flowering stems growing from base of the first, and proliferating upwards; blooms and fruits June-Oct.
Fruit dry, 1-seeded plumed achene.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Disturbed, sandy dry soil, old fields. Probably not persistent (Flora of North America 1993+).