Wooly Pussytoes

Wooly Pussytoes are a tufted perennial that has a branched stem base, densely wooly leaves that are mostly basal, and greenish white composite flower heads.

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Description
Latin Name Antennaria lanata
Type Herb
Description Wooly Pussytoes are a tufted perennial that has a branched stem base, densely wooly leaves that are mostly basal, and greenish white composite flower heads. This plant mostly grows in the alpine and subalpine.
Height and Spread  10 – 20 cm tall. Forms small mats – Up to 30 cm.
Bloom Colour Greenish-white.
Bloom Months From early to late summer, depending on location in subalpine or alpine.
Foliage Colour Silver-green.
Seed Months Variable – depending on blooming time.
Light and Water Often grows in open meadows. Enjoys a moderate amount of moisture.
Ethnobotany Information The stems and leaves of a number of different types of pussytoes were chewed by indigenous peoples as a cold and cough medicine. As Wooly Pussytoes generally only grow in the alpine and subalpine it was less commonly used.
Wildlife Uses The wooly mats formed by this plant can provide habitat and food for small and larger mammals.
Garden Uses Wooly Pussytoes is difficult to grow in a garden setting as it normally only grows at higher elevations. It could be a good addition to a native plant garden in a colder or shadier site.
Facts It is thought that the densely wooly covered leaved and stem help the plant retain heat and reflect harsh ultraviolet rays in a high alpine environment.
Propagation Techniques Wooly Pussytoes can be propagated by seed collected late in summer.