E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Antennaria parvifolia Nutt.
Nuttall's pussytoes (small-leaf pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

Perennial herb, mat-forming with numerous leafy stolons; stems erect, several, branched above, densely woolly-hairy, 2-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves spoon-shaped or oblanceolate, 1-nerved, stalked, densely white woolly-hairy, sometimes less so above, 1.0-3.5 cm long, 2.5-10 mm wide, abruptly sharp-pointed; stem leaves linear to lanceolate, long-pointed, unstalked, reduced above.
Heads few to several in a compact, rounded cluster; involucres of 2 types, the female ones 7-11 mm tall, the involucral bracts lanceolate, the papery portion white, dull white or occasionally pinkish, blunt, woolly-hairy towards the base, the male ones similar except rounded; female flowers 5-8 mm tall, the male flowers similar.
Achenes 0.5-1.5 mm long, glandular, warty or glabrous; pappus white with hairlike bristles, the tips narrowly dilated, 3.5-7.0 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows, grasslands, shrublands and open forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, infrequent on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the adjacent coast and EC BC; E to W ON and S to OK, NM, AZ, MX and E. WA. Description

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Antennaria parvifolia

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) 335 999 2500
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 240
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 194 360
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(6), BG(63), BWBS(1), ESSF(10), ICH(6), IDF(202), IMA(5), MS(7), PP(65), SBPS(15), SBS(2)


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 not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Antennaria aprica Greene
Antennaria aprica var. minuscula (Boivin) Boivin
Antennaria aureola Lunell
Antennaria holmii Greene
Antennaria latisquamea Greene
Antennaria minuscula B. Boivin
Antennaria obtusata Greene
Antennaria pumila Greene
Antennaria recurva Greene
Antennaria rhodanthus Suksd.

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