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Antennaria lanata
woolly pussytoes

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Alberta, Wyoming, and Utah.

Habitat: Dry or moist subalpine to alpine meadows, rocky slopes, and ridges.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a short woody base, not rhizomatous, 1-2 dm. tall, densely and persistently white-woolly throughout.


Basal leaves erect, tufted and persistant, 3-10 cm. long and 3-10 mm. wide, usually with 3 main veins; cauline leaves linear, progressively reduced upward.


Heads several in a compact inflorescence; pistillate involucres 5-8 mm. high, white-woolly toward the usually greenish base, the scarious portion dark brown or greenish-black below, paler toward the whitish tip; staminate involucres similar but smaller.


Achene terete.

Accepted Name:
Antennaria lanata (Hook.) Greene
Publication: Pittonia. 3: 288. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Antennaria carpathica (Wahlenb.) Hook. var. lanata Hook., orthographic variant
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Antennaria lanata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Antennaria lanata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Antennaria lanata photos.

USDA Plants: Antennaria lanata information.

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