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Plantain-leaf Pussytoes, Woman's Tobacco - Antennaria plantaginifolia


Family: Asteraceae - Aster family Genus Common Name: Pussytoes Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Antennaria plantaginifolia - Plantain-leaf Pussytoes, Woman's Tobacco. The USDA Plants Database lists 40 species of Antennaria in the United States and Canada, and there is at least one species in every state except Hawaii. Antennaria plantaginifolia is one of only six species found east of the Mississippi River, being present in every state east of that geographic boundary as well as in the 5 other Mississippi River bordering states.

Plantain-leaf Pussytoes is stoloniferous - growing from a runner along the ground, and dioecious - male and female flowers are on different plants.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Antennaria plantaginifolia

Distribution of Antennaria plantaginifolia in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 21 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Zahnd's Natural Area (Lower), Walker County, GA Date: 2010-April-04Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The Common name pussytoes is due to the similar appearance to the bottom of the foot of a cat. This photo is of a staminate plant - male plant - with the orange stamens showing.
Antennaria plantaginifolia

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2012-March-11Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
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Antennaria plantaginifolia

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-April-01Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The mature, basal leaves of Antennaria plantaginifolia look very much like the leaves of Common plantain.
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Antennaria plantaginifolia

Site: Towns County, GA Date: 2010-April-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Plantain-leaf Pussytoes has several blossoms atop a long stem with small, narrow, sessile leaves.
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Antennaria plantaginifolia

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