Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia)
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family  

Population of plants

Small, erect plant with a cluster of fuzzy balls of white flowers at the top of the stem.  Each ball is a group of disc flowers similar to the disc flowers in the center of a daisy or sunflower.  Narrow, oval leaves are basal, and sometimes on the stem, green above, whitened underneath.  Blooms in early spring in semi-shady areas under trees.

Common along the forest edge on the east slope of the Park, especially near the Grand Staircase.

The little fuzzy balls atop the stem and early spring blooming make pussytoes easy to tell from most other plants; however, there are many species of pussytoes and they are hard to tell apart.  So far, only one species has been reported in the Park. 





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