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Antennaria alpina
alpine pussytoes

Distribution: Occurring in the North Cascades Mountains in Washington; Alaska to Washington, Montana, and Wyoming, east across Canada; circumboreal.

Habitat: Alpine meadows.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Mat-forming, stoloniferous perennials seldom over 1 dm. tall


Basal leaves oblanceolate, up to 2.5 cm. long and 7 mm. wide, densely white-woolly on both sides; cauline leaves small and linear.


Heads several in a sub-capitate inflorescence; pistillate involucres 4-7 mm. high, woolly below, the scarious tips of the bracts dirty blackish-green, at least the inner slender and pointed; scarious portion of the bracts in staminate flowers often with white tips.



Identification Notes:

The small leaves and narrow, pointed involucre bracts blackish-green or brown in color should separate this species from others that might be found at high elevations.

Accepted Name:
Antennaria alpina (L.) Gaertn.
Publication: Fruct. Sem. Pl. 2: 410. 1791.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Antennaria alpina (L.) Gaertn. var. canescens Lange
Gnaphalium alpinum L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Antennaria alpina in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Antennaria alpina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Antennaria alpina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Antennaria alpina photos.

USDA Plants: Antennaria alpina information.

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