- - -
Narrowleaf pussytoes in bloom on scablands at Brooks Memorial State Park several miles south of Satus Pass on US Highway 97........May 11, 2020. The last photo shows the smaller narrowleaf pussytoes (lower left) in comparison to the much larger woodrush pussytoes (Antennaria luzuloides) at center.
-Narrowleaf pussy-toes as observed in scablands adjacent to moist wetland drainages along Forest Road 30, southeastern corner of Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest........June 3, 2018. I'd want to return a week or two later in the season to view the fully blooming inflorescence to be sure of the ID.
Narrow-leaf pussytoes is a perennial wildflower with many upright stems clustered in a compact space. The stems arise from 3-15 cm high and are noticeably leafy with alternating leaves. The herbage is noticeably silky-tomentose. The leaves are long, thin and linear in shape. The basal leaves range from 2-8 cm long and 1-2 mm wide while the numerous stem leaves are gradually reduced in size upwards along the stems.
The inflorescences are subcapitate cymes of several flower heads from 8-15 mm wide. The involucres are 4-6 mm high smooth to the base with light or dark brwon bracts which may be whitish towards the tip. Occasionally the bracts may be pinkish in color.
Narrow-leaf pussy-toes is a wildflower of open, moderately dry places both in the plains and within open woodlands.
Narrow-leaf pussy-toes is found in central and eastern Washington and Oregon and east across the Snake River Plains to Blaine County, Idaho.
What may be narrowleaf pussy-toes from Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco N.F............June 23, 1998.