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.
|Height and Spread
||10 – 20 cm tall.
||Forms small mats – Up to 30 cm.
||From early to late summer, depending on location in subalpine or alpine.
||Variable – depending on blooming time.
|Light and Water
||Often grows in open meadows.
||Enjoys a moderate amount of moisture.
||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.
||The wooly mats formed by this plant can provide habitat and food for small and larger mammals.
||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.
||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.
||Wooly Pussytoes can be propagated by seed collected late in summer.