Antennaria microphylla, also known as Rosy Pussytoes,is a common mat forming component of the ground cover in relatively dry, grassy slopes, meadows, and open forests of low to subalpine elevation from Alaska to New Mexico. The prolific leafy stolons create the dense mats, the leaves of which are spoon shaped and woolly, giving a grayish green tint. The leaves along 5-40 cm tall flowering stems are lancolate, or sword-shaped, though they are known to be somewhat broad. Flowers are born in heads composed of disk flowers that are reddish pink to white in color. The involucre, or bracts surrounding the inflorescence, are woolly and 4-7 mm long. The tight clusters of flowers typically contain 3-20 flowers. The fruit is an achene that has a white pappus.
Antennaria unmbrinella is a closely related similar species to A. microphylla, though can be distinguished through the involucral which are blunt and white-tipped.
A. microphylla is also known as A. rosea.
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