-The photo at left shows a close-up of the staminate flower heads of low pussytoes as seen atop Steptoe Butte in the Palouse Country of eastern Washington........April 29, 2006. The photo at right shows low pussytoes with staminate flower heads as seen south of Box Canyon Road near the southern boundary of the Simcoe Mountains Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area......April 15, 2021.
Low pussytoes are perennial wildflowers with floral scapes arising up to 3 cm high from a branching, woody base. This species is not stoloniferous. The numerous basal and stem leaves are oblanceolate to linear-spatulate in shape, measuring 8-30 mm long and up to 5 mm wide. The leaves and stems are fairly densely covered with white woolly hairs.
The flower heads are solitary and fairly broad. The flowers are imperfect, with the staminate and pistillate flowers found on separate plants. The involucres of the staminate haeads are 5-7 mm high with ovate, obtuse bracts that are brownish. The pistillate involucres are 12-15 mm high with lanceolate to linear bracts that are brownish or reddish-brown tinged. The plants typically bloom in the Columbia River Gorge from April into May.
Low pussytoes are plants of dry open places in the foothills and lowlands.
Low pussytoes may be found from southern British Columbia south along the east side of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada to southern California, east to Montana, Nebraska, and Colorado.
In the Columbia River Gorge, Antennaria dimorpha is found between the elevations of 200'-3000' from east of Bingen, WA and on east.
Low pussytoes beginning to bloom on slopes directly west and above the Cottonwood Canyon State Park campground........February 22, 2015.