Antennaria media Greene
dark pussytoes (Rocky Mountain pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jim Riley     (Photo ID #58)


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Distribution of Antennaria media
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Antennaria media

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)
2124 1802 2366
Slope Gradient (%)
34 0 110

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

224 185 328
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(1), ESSF(4)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry meadows, rocky slopes and fellfields in the subalpine and alpine zones; common throughout BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to AB and S to CO and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.