PLANT PROFILE

Antennaria neglecta
field pussytoes


Antennaria neglecta

Antennaria neglecta
Antennaria neglecta
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Antennaria neglecta Greene.
Common name: field pussytoes
Synonomy: Antennaria angustiarum Lunell
Antennaria athabascensis Green
Antennaria campestris Rydb.
Antennaria chelonica Lunell
Antennaria erosa Greene
Antennaria howellii Greene var. athabascensis
Antennaria howellii Greene var. campestris
Antennaria longifolia Greene
Antennaria lunellii Greene
Antennaria nebraskensis Greene
Antennaria purvula Green
Antennaria wilsonii Greene
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: annual
Origin: native
Plant height: 4 - 14"'
Foliage: basal leaves, spoon shaped or narrowly oval, broader toward tip, 1-2", densely hairy below, sparsely hairy on top;
stem leaves, 3-10, smaller.
forms mats; leaves have 1 vein
Flower: small, white fuzzy heads, heads several and terminal, 1/4-3/8"
Flowering time: bloom mid April to late June, most in May
Habitat: dry sterile open ground of fields, lawns, thin woods and edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide; infrequent in pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution:
Misc. Clemants and Gracie say "Pussytoes are a small group of difficult species. The male and female parts are produced on different types of heads on different plants. The female heads are often fuzzier. They are somewhat related to cudweeds. Critical characters are leaf shape, venation, and head number" ( Wildflowers in th Field and Forest, p 374)

In NJ:

Antennaria neglecta-leaves with 1 vein
Antennaria plantaginifolia-leaves with 3-5 veins

There is a wide variability within this species. The flowers dry well. Hough states that the seeds are edible and that the gum from the stalk may be chewed.

Antennaria:¨›from the Latin¨›antenna, because of the resemblance of the male flowers to insect antennae; neglecta:¨›neglected or overlooked

Visited by small bees and flies-Halictid bees; Andrenid bees; Syrphid flies; and the foliage is larval food for caterpillars of the American painted lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis).