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Antennaria media
alpine pussytoes, Rocky Mountain pussytoes

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains; circumboreal

Habitat: On rocky slopes and ridges, and in talus and pumice, from subalpine to alpine meadows.

Flowers: June-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.


Achene terete

Identification Notes:

The small leaves and narrow, pointed involucre bracts should separate this species from others that might be found at high elevations.

Accepted Name:
Antennaria media Greene
Publication: Pittonia. 3: 286. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Antennaria alpina (L.) Gaertn. var. media (Greene) Jeps. [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Antennaria media checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Antennaria media atlas page.

CalPhotos: Antennaria media photos.

USDA Plants: Antennaria media information.

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