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

Antennaria lanata (Hook.) Greene
woolly pussytoes
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Antennaria lanata
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a compact, branched woody base; stems erect, solitary or few, branched above, densely woolly-hairy, (1) 5-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate, gradually stalked, 2-10 cm long, 3-10 mm wide, erect, densely woolly-hairy, usually 3-nerved; stem leaves similar, becoming unstalked, linear and reduced upwards.
Heads several in a compact inflorescence; involucres of 2 types, the female ones 5-8 mm tall, involucral bracts oblanceolate, the papery portion conspicuously dark brown or greenish-black below, generally paler towards the often whitish tips, woolly-hairy towards the base, the male ones 3-6 mm tall, similar to the female; female flowers 2.5-4 mm tall, the male flowers 2-3.5 mm tall.
Achenes elliptic, 2-3 mm long, finely hairy; pappus white with hairlike bristles; 6-8 mm tall, the male ones somewhat club-shaped at the the tips.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic snowbed sites in the subalpine and alpine zones; common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to AB and S to WY and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Antennaria lanata

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) 262 2129 3000
Slope Gradient (%) 0 27 140
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 187 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 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(143), BAFA(1), BWBS(1), ESSF(588), ICH(1), IDF(5), IMA(101), MH(1), MS(3), PP(2), SBPS(1), SWB(1)


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 carpathica var. lanata Hook.
Antennaria carpatica var. lanata Hook.

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