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Antennaria umbrinella
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Brown Pussytoes
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Antennaria umbrinella

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About Brown Pussytoes (Antennaria umbrinella) Antennaria umbrinella is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names umber pussytoes and brown pussytoes. It is native to western North America from southwestern Canada to the Sierra Nevada and southern Rocky Mountains. This is a perennial herb growing erect stems to a maximum height around 16 centimeters from a woody base with spreading stolons. The base is covered in woolly leaves each one to two centimeters long and lance-shaped to spoon-shaped. Each flower cluster holds several flower heads with fuzzy phyllaries which are whitish to brown in color. The plant is dioecious, with males and females producing different flower types in the heads. The fruit is an achene with a hard body 2 millimeters long and a long pappus of hairs up to 5 millimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
6.2 in (15.7 cm)

Flower Color
White, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry open places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
4260' - 13052'

Annual Precip. ?
16.1" - 56.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.87" - 2.90"

Coldest Month ?
19.9° F - 46.2° F

Hottest Month ?
40.5° F - 69.3° F

Humidity ?
0.51 vpd - 18.37 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. (McLean 1967).

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Umber Pussytoes

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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