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Antennaria anaphaloides
tall pussytoes

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia, including southern Vancouver Island, to Oregon, east to Sasketchewan, Montana, Colorado, and Nevada.

Habitat: Grassy hillsides, open woodlands, and ponderosa pine forest openings from the foothills to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Robust perennial without rhizomes, white-woolly throughout, 2-5 dm. tall.


Basal leaves numerous, white-woolly on both sides, up to 15 cm. long and 2 cm. wide; cauline leaves linear, progressively reduced upward.


Heads many in a broad, compact inflorescence; pistillate involucres 5-8 mm. high; the scarious upper portion of the bracts wholly white, the lower portion densely pubescent, white, commonly with a small dark spot at the base.


Achene terete

Identification Notes:

The similar A. lanata grows at higher elevations, is a smaller plant, and the scarious portion of the involucre bracts is dark. A. luzuloides has involucre bracts that are scarious to the base, the lower portion pale greenish-brown.

Accepted Name:
Antennaria anaphaloides Rydb.
Publication: Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 1: 409. 1900. 1900.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Antennaria anaphaloides Rydb. var. straminea B. Boivin
Antennaria pulcherrima (Hook.) Greene ssp. anaphaloides (Rydb.) W.A. Weber
Antennaria pulcherrima (Hook.) Greene var. anaphaloides (Rydb.) G.W. Douglas
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Antennaria anaphaloides checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Antennaria anaphaloides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Antennaria anaphaloides photos.

USDA Plants: Antennaria anaphaloides information.

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