Antennaria plantaginifolia (L.) Hook. 1, part of plant,
showing rooting of creeping stem, and a vertical flowering shoot; 2,
detail of staminate head; 3, female flower; 4, male flower.
reproducing by seeds and creeping stems; forms patches. Stems
decumbent or creeping until flowering, when erect flowering stems 4 to
20 inches (10 to 50 cm) high are formed. Leaves at base alternate,
petioled, simple, entire, strongly rounded at summit, tapering at base,
with hoary upper surface and white-woolly under surface; stem leaves fastened
directly to stem with no petiole, small, narrow, white-woolly. Flowers
borne in small clustered heads, 3 to 30 heads on a stem. Male and female
flowers on separate plants; plants bearing male flowers smaller. Seeds
about 1/32 inch (0.8 mm) long, with circle of long hairs attached at top.
Found in run-down pastures, meadows, and waste places; one of the
typical "poverty weeds."