cats foot, rabbit tobacco, everlasting
Different names for the same plant. I've been researching it. Most common name is rabbit tobacco. I was very intrigued with what I found.
It's a common annual plant that grows in areas not maintained, like roadsides, un-mown fields, pine forests.
Uses are apparently many, and have been used since the early days of the Cherokee people.
Smoked or brewed or chewed, the leaves are a cure for anything caused by a virus. Colds and flu are short lived if the product is available. Great for any lung troubles. A great number of ailments can be treated with it, including cancer.
It produces a pearly or creamy white flower in early summer. In the fall, pick the silvery/brown leaves below the blooms. They are without their chemical medicinal use until late fall. They are dry by then. Or, take the entire plant and keep it in your home. It produces a very pleasant vanilla scent for a year or more, even after it's completely dry.
I found some this week on a motorcycle ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA where their had been no mowing. It grows everywhere on the eastern seaboard. Very easy to spot. Google it and see the pics. Cherokee used it for a good smoke or mixed with actual tobacco. It is not of the tobacco family, but more associated with daisies.
I plan to go back and harvest some this fall. Just for your information if you didn't already know.