PLANTAINLEAF PUSSYTOES, 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. Perennial,
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."