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Antennaria flagellaris
stoloniferous pussytoes, whip pussytoes

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nevada.

Habitat: Sagebrush desert to dry, open areas at middle elevations, often in lithosol.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Dwarf, short-lived perennial with numerous naked stolons about 1.5 dm. long tipped with a tuft of tiny leaf buds, nearly prostrate.


Linear, 1-3 cm. long, up to 2 mm. wide.


Heads solitary at the end of very short stems, staminate involucres 4-7 mm. high, the thin, scarious tips of the bracts brownish; pistillate involucres narrow, 7-13 mm. high, brown or reddish-tinged.


Terete achene

Identification Notes:

No other Antennaria in our area has the long, hair-like, naked stolons.

Accepted Name:
Antennaria flagellaris (A. Gray) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 17: 212. 1882.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Antennaria dimorpha (Nutt.) Torr. & A. Gray var. flagellaris A. Gray
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Antennaria flagellaris checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Antennaria flagellaris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Antennaria flagellaris photos.

USDA Plants: Antennaria flagellaris information.

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