This plant can be found throughout the middle and eastern portions of North America. Notice its flower which is strikingly different from “typical” flowers. When you can identify this plant, please comment below and provide both the common and scientific names. Also include any personal connection you may have with this plant.
ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Sweet everlasting (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium)
Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Sweet everlasting (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium).