Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Plantain-leaf Pussytoes - Antennaria plantaginifolia   (L.) Hooker
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Author(L.) Hooker
DistributionWidespread from the Mountains eastward, becoming sparse on the outer Coastal Plain. Rare on the Outer Banks (Nags Head Woods).

N.S. to MN, south to FL and OK.
AbundanceGenerally common in the Mountains and Piedmont; uncommon to at least locally fairly common in the western and central Coastal Plain, and very rare in the eastern counties.
HabitatDry to xeric or mesic pine-hardwoods, openings, ridges, outcrops, fields, roadsides, and cemeteries.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-May.
IdentificationWith its broad, 3-5 veined basal leaves, Plantain-leaf Pussytoes is like Parlin's Pussytoes (A. parlinii). It differs in having densely hairy upper surfaces of leaves, even when young (vs. glabrous or hairy only when young in Parlin's Pussytoes).
Taxonomic CommentsBoth subspecies of Parlin's Pussytoes have by some authors been included as part of A. plantaginifolia -- such as done in RAB (1968).

Other Common Name(s)Plantain-leaved Pussytoes is also used. Woman's Tobacco, Ladies' Tobacco, Plantain-leaved Everlasting
State RankS4 [S5]
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieRoadside S of Pinebluff, Apr 2010. MoorePhoto_natural
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