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Antennaria neglecta Greene
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Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb with long stolons bearing reduced leaves, except those that are larger at the ends; stems erect, several, branched above, thinly woolly-hairy, 5-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, 20-40 mm long, 6-12 mm wide, 1- to 3-nerved, hairy above when young, sometimes becoming glabrous when mature, woolly-hairy below with slender tips; stem leaves linear, 12-40 mm long, with the upper ones papery at the tips.
Heads few to many in a compact inflorescence; involucres of 1 type, these female, 6-10 mm tall, hairy at the base; involucral bracts narrow, abruptly sharp-pointed, light brown, white, cream or sometimes rose at the base, 4-6.5 mm long.
Achenes elliptic 1-2 mm long, warty; pappus white with hairlike bristles, 6-8 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry grasslands and open forests in the montane zone; infrequent in NE BC; E to NF and S to MO, KA and CO.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Antennaria neglecta

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 7 1086 2854
Slope Gradient (%) 0 25 200
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 190 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(2), BAFA(4), BG(5), BWBS(27), CWH(9), ESSF(140), ICH(141), IDF(517), IMA(1), MH(1), MS(155), PP(55), SBPS(75), SBS(120)

Ecological Indicator Information

A shade-tolerant/intolerant, montane to subalpine, transcontinental North American forb. Occurs in continental boreal and cool temperate climates on very dry to moderately dry soils; its occurrence increases with increasing continentality. Sporadic in non-forested communities or open-canopy forests on water-shedding sites in the coast interior ecotone. Occasionally inhabits exposed mineral soil. Characteristic of moisture-deficient sites.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is montane boreal & cool temperate.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Antennaria angustiarum Lunell
Antennaria athabascensis Greene
Antennaria campestris Rydb.
Antennaria campestris var. athabascensis (Greene) Boivin
Antennaria chelonica Lunell
Antennaria erosa Greene
Antennaria howellii var. athabascensis (Greene) Boivin
Antennaria howellii var. campestris (Rydb.) Boivin
Antennaria longifolia Greene
Antennaria lunellii Greene
Antennaria nebraskensis Greene
Antennaria neglecta var. argillicola (Stebbins) Cronquist
Antennaria neglecta var. athabascensis (Greene) Roy L. Taylor & MacBryde
Antennaria neglecta var. campestris (Rydb.) Steyermark
Antennaria parvula Greene
Antennaria virginica var. argillicola Stebbins
Antennaria wilsonii Greene

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