Perennial herb, mat-forming with stolons 1-4 cm long; stems erect, few, branched above, densely woolly-hairy, 5-13 cm tall.
Basal leaves spoon-shaped to oblanceolate or linear, gradually stalked, 6-20 mm long, 2-6 mm wide, grey-hairy to densely woolly-hairy, 1-nerved; stem leaves similar, becoming unstalked, linear, reduced upwards, abruptly sharp-pointed, with a sharp, slender point.
Heads several to numerous in a compact inflorescence; involucres of 2 types, the female ones 4-8 mm tall, the male ones similar, 4-8 mm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate, the upper papery portion dark brown, black or olivaceous; female flowers 3.5-4.5 mm long, male flowers 2.5-4.5 mm long.
Female and male achenes 0.6-1.5 mm long, glabrous or warty; pappus white with hairlike bristles, 4-4.5 mm long.
Male plants are rare or lacking in N BC.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Antennaria alpina var. media (Greene) Jeps.
Antennaria austromontana E. Nels.
Antennaria candida Greene
Antennaria densa Greene
Antennaria gormanii H. St. John
Antennaria modesta Greene
Antennaria mucronata E. Nels.