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Antennaria racemosa
Hooker's pussytoes, raceme pussytoes

Distribution: Widely distributed in mountainous areas on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Alberta, Montana, and Wyoming.

Habitat: Dry to damp rocky slopes, forest openings, and ledges from low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial with creeping, leafy stolons, 1-6 dm. tall.


Basal leaves short-petiolate with elliptic to elliptic-ovate blade1.5-8 cm. long and 1- 5 cm. wide, persistently white-woolly beneath, green and glabrous above; cauline leaves narrower, sessile; stems strongly glandular in the upper portion.


Heads on slender peduncles in a narrow, raceme-like inflorescence; staminate involucres 4-5 mm. high, but wider than the pistillate; pistillate 6-8 mm. high, strongly imbricate, the inner bracts narrow and elongate, pale greenish below, colorless and transparent to pale brownish above.


Achene terete

Identification Notes:

The wide, green leaves and narrow, open inflorescence should separate Antennaria racemosa from A. howellii, the only other species in our area with green leaves, which has smaller leaves and a congested inflorescence.

Accepted Name:
Antennaria racemosa Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 330. 1834.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Antennaria racemosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Antennaria racemosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Antennaria racemosa photos.

USDA Plants: Antennaria racemosa information.

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