Antennaria neglecta Greene
Field Pussytoes, Prairie Everlasting
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Antennaria angustiarum, Antennaria athabascensis, Antennaria campestris, Antennaria campestris var. athabascensis, Antennaria chelonica, Antennaria erosa, Antennaria howellii var. athabascensis, Antennaria howellii var. campestris, Antennaria longifolia, Antennaria lunellii, Antennaria nebraskensis, Antennaria neglecta var. athabascensis, Antennaria neglecta var. campestris, Antennaria parvula, Antennaria wilsonii
USDA Symbol: ANNE
Forms dense colonies.
The word Antennaria refers to the projecting stamens developed on some flowers that resemble insect antennae. These plants were used historically for coughs, colds, bruises, as a post childbirth tonic for mothers, and to treat snakebite. There is no scientific evidence that the plant is effective for treating any of these conditions. (Andy Fyon)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Dioecious
Size Notes: Up to about 10 inches tall.
Leaf: Dark Green
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Much of Canada from Mackenzie and British Columbia to Nova Scotia; south in East to Virginia and Tennessee, and west to Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Dakotas.
Native Habitat: Dry open areas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Loam
BenefitUse Medicinal: These plants were used historically for coughs, colds, bruises, as a post childbirth tonic for mothers, and to treat snakebite. There is no scientific evidence that the plant is effective for treating any of these conditions. (Andy Fyon)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Value to Beneficial InsectsSupports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Antennaria neglecta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Antennaria neglecta in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-05-04
Research By: TWC Staff