[Pussy-toes of the Columbia River Gorge]

Rosy Everlasting, Rosy Pussytoes

Antennaria rosea

The photo above shows a close-up, dorsal view of the inflorescence of rosy pussytoes as photographed on the southeast side of Mt. Adams................June 11, 2005.

Characteristics:

Rosy pussytoes is an attractive mat-forming perennial with erect floral scapes arising 8-30 cm high from matted woody rootstocks. The stems and leaves are covered by a layer of whitish, soft, felt-like hairs. The leaves of the sterile basal rosettes are oblanceolate to spatulate in shape with rounded, obtuse oracute tips. These leaves measure 10-25 mm long and 2-7 mm wide, and are densely covered with whitish or grayish hairs. The leaves of the stems are narrower and often longer.

Several to many narrow, discoid flower heads may be found in a tight cluster atop the floral scape. The involucres are 6 mm high, woolly at the base with the outer bracts whitish to brown-tinged and the inner, uppermost bracts rose-colored or pinkish. The flowers are imperfect, with the staminate and pistillate flowers found on separate plants, although the staminate flower heads are rare.


Habitat:

Rosy pussytoes may be found on dry open places, meadows, open woods, etc. from the lowlands to 3700 m.


Range:

Rosy pussytoes are found widespread over western North America.

In the Columbia River Gorge, it is found between the elevations of 2000'-4400' between Stevenson, WA and the Klickitat River.


Note the light to dark pink involucral bracts, a key characteristic of this species.

The photo above shows the mat of basal leaves of rosy pussytoes as photographed on the southeast side of Mt. Adams................June 11, 2005.

Paul Slichter