Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia)Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) aka Woman's Tobacco
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Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) aka Woman's Tobacco
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Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 01
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 01) This is a patch of mostly female or pistillate plantain-leaved pussytoes interspersed with a few dandelions. These wildflowers grow as separately sexed flowers, and as we have seen, they are not always growing together in the same patch with the opposite sex flowers, which to us seems somewhat odd.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 01a
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 01a) This is a closer look at some of the female or pistillate plantain-leaved pussytoes. To the left of the photo, we can see the plantain leaves with their lineal veining.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 02
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 02) This is another patch of plantain-leaved pussytoes that are mostly female. Pussytoes, of which there are about 40 species scattered throughout North America, is a native wildflower that blooms in mid spring.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 03
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 03) This is a small patch of male or staminate plantain-leaved pussytoes. They grow to heights of from 3 to 16 inches, but they will usually be smaller where the grass is cut and they are in full sun, though they do also like dry open woods.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 03a
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 03a) This is a close up of the flowering head of male plantain-leaved pussytoes. Each of the 4 flowering heads that make up this cluster is only about 1/4 inch in diameter. Each individual flower is less that 1/32 if an inch in diameter. In this photo, we can also see the yellow pollen grains developing on the tips of the stamens. Pussytoes are members of the aster family.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 04
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 04) This is another look at some of the male plantain-leaved pussytoes. Even though these pussytoes are members of the aster family, they have no ray flowers. The flower clusters that we see are disk flowers.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 04a
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 04a) This is a bee's eye view of a terminal, triple bloom cluster of a male (staminate) plantain-leaved pussytoes. The color of the flowers can range from white to a very light pink.
Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 05
(Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved (Antennaria plantaginifolia) - 05) This is another look at the male plantain-leaved pussytoes growing in the cut grassy area of the field.

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