WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

Growing in a dense mat of hairy basal leaves, flowering stems reach 4-inches tall with a tight array of tiny, woolly-white flower heads that don’t spread open. Note the leaves are hairy on both sides.


FLOWERS: May–July. Tight clusters with 2–7 erect, tiny, hairy flower heads to 1/4–3/8-inch long (7–10 mm), male and female flowers separate; phyllaries with white, green, brown, or pink tips.


LEAVES: Basal leaves 3/8–1 3/8-inches long (8–35 mm), spatula-shaped to oblong, with 1 nerve. Alternate stem leaves linear to lance-shaped, to 3/4-inch long (20 mm); both surfaces densely hairy, margins entire.


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly loam soils, woodlands, meadows; sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, ponderosa/yellow pine, Douglas fir-aspen, spruce-fir forests.


ELEVATION: 6,000–11,300 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CO, NM, UT; widespread in Rocky Mountain states.


SIMILAR SPECIES: White-margin Pussytoes, A. marginata, in the same range, has bright-green basal leaves with no hair on the upper surface and contrasting white-woolly margins, and white-tipped phyllaries. Three other species have stems to 4–12-inches tall.


NM COUNTIES: Nearly statewide, except eastern plains, in mid- to high-elevation habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Eddy, Grant, Harding, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance,  Union, Valencia.

PUSSYTOES

ANTENNARIA  PARVIFOLIA

Aster Family, Asteraceae

Perennial herb

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Mat forming from stolons and with 4-inch tall stems.

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