May. 10, 2020

field pussytoes, Antennaria neglecta

OK, I confess. This one is contrived. One was picked and held next to the other. Couldn't resist the chance for this illustration.
Each pussytoes plant forms a large unisexual patch. You could spend a lifetime and never find both pistillate (left) and staminate(right) flower heads next to each other. In this case they were about fifty feet apart. At least they were there. Yesterday's Canadian pussytoes rarely shows us any of those fascinatingly different male blooms. The fuzz on the left is fastened to the ovaries, ultimately becoming transportation for the windblown seeds. The male plant has no ovaries, hence no fuzz. Field pussytoes grows in poor soil, often sand, in mostly open areas in AR, CO, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NS, NT, ON, QC, SK, and on SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 5/8/20. Aster family, Asteraceae.