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Field Pussytoes Antennaria neglecta


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Field Pussytoes
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Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description Native herbaceous perennial; spreads by runner; usually forms dense colonies.
Habit: small and erect, with short, wooly, unbranched gray stems.
Height: 1.5-16 in (4-40 cm).
Leaf: spoon-shaped, with single vein, white and hairy below; 1/2-2.5 in (15-68 mm) long, 1/4-3/4 in (6-19 mm) wide; mostly in basal rosette; alternate, smaller, fewer on stems.
Flower: terminal flowerhead, somewhat paw-like, sometimes with protruding red antennae; of 2-8 small white flowers, dense and furry or bristly, each about 3/8 in (10 mm) tall.
Fruit: tiny olive green seed, 1/16 in (1.5 mm) long, on fluffy sphere.

The nomenclature for this plant is unusually confused; many alternative latin names are used. It is also known as prairie everlasting.

Flower Early to mid-spring.

Habitat Dry, open areas: plains, grasslands, dry meadows, overgrazed pastures, old fields, open woodlands, roadsides.

Range Throughout North America, from Quebec to British Columbia, south to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina; to 8200 ft (2500 m).