Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family
Description Pink or cream flowers on slender stalk above open gray-green mat.
Habit: native perennial herb; spreads by runners to form low mat.
Height: 1.5-16 in (4-40 cm)
Leaf: at base, spatulate, pointed, wooly, to 1.5 in (4 cm) long, to .4 in (1 cm) wide; on stem, alternate, grass-like, few, .25-1.4 in (6-36 mm) long.
Flower: small, globular, pink to cream; held in tight terminal cluster resembling a paw, 1 in (25 mm) wide, on long stem.
Fruit: dry seed, to .1 in (2 mm) long; tipped with white bristles to .25 in (7 mm) long.
May to August.
Habitat Wet to dry: open areas, meadows, open woods and forests, plains, alpine meadows; also cultivated as an ornamental.
Range Native to northern and western North America: Alaska and British Columbia to Manitoba; Newfoundland; rare in rest of eastern Canada. In United States, south to California, New Mexico, Nebraska and Minnesota; also in Maine.
Four subspecies are recognized separately from the species. Extirpated from Michigan.