Antennaria plantaginifolia

(Linnaeus) Hooker

Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 330. 1834.

Common names: Plantain-leaved pussytoes antennaire à feuilles de plantain
Basionym: Gnaphalium plantaginifolium Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 2: 850. 1753
Synonyms: Antennaria caroliniana Rydberg Antennaria decipiens Greene Antennaria denikeana B. Boivin Antennaria nemoralis Greene Antennaria pinetorum Greene Antennaria plantaginifolia var. petiolata (Fernald) A. Heller
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 400. Mentioned on page 390, 391, 394, 402, 404, 4.

Dioecious. Plants 6.5–20(–25) cm. Stolons 2.5–7.5 cm (mostly ascending when young). Basal leaves (petiolate) 3–5(–7)-nerved, obovate to suborbiculate, 35–75 × 15–35 mm, tips minutely mucronate, abaxially tomentose, adaxially green-glabrescent to gray-pubescent. Cauline leaves linear, 6.5–35 mm, distal flagged. Heads 4–17(–30) in tight corymbiform arrays. Involucres: staminate 5–7(–8) mm; pistillate 5–7 mm. Phyllaries distally white. Corollas: staminate 2–3.5 mm; pistillate 3–4 mm. Cypselae 0.5–1.6 mm, slightly papillate; pappi: staminate 2.5–4 mm; pistillate 3.5–5.5 mm. 2n = 28.

Phenology: Flowering mid–late spring.
Habitat: Dry, open, deciduous woodlands, tops of banks, ridges, and bluffs, sandstone formations, slopes in openings in woodlands
Elevation: 0–1500 m



Man., N.B., N.S., Que., Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Minn., Miss., Mo., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Okla., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis.


Antennaria plantaginifolia is a diploid progenitor of the A. parlinii complex and is similar to that species except for smaller heads and adaxially gray-pubescent basal leaves (R. J. Bayer and G. L. Stebbins 1982; Bayer 1985b; Bayer and D. J. Crawford 1986). It is a diploid ancestor of the A. howellii complex. It is found in the Appalachian region; disjunct populations occur in the driftless area of Wisconsin and Minnesota (Bayer and Stebbins).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Randall J. Bayer +
(Linnaeus) Hooker +
Gnaphalium plantaginifolium +
Plantain-leaved pussytoes +  and antennaire à feuilles de plantain +
Man. +, N.B. +, N.S. +, Que. +, Ala. +, Ark. +, Conn. +, Del. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Ky. +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Minn. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Okla. +, Pa. +, R.I. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Vt. +, Va. +, W.Va. +  and Wis. +
0–1500 m +
Dry, open, deciduous woodlands, tops of banks, ridges, and bluffs, sandstone formations, slopes in openings in woodlands +
Flowering mid–late spring. +
Fl. Bor.-Amer. +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Antennaria caroliniana +, Antennaria decipiens +, Antennaria denikeana +, Antennaria nemoralis +, Antennaria pinetorum +  and Antennaria plantaginifolia var. petiolata +
Antennaria plantaginifolia +
Antennaria +
species +