Field Pussytoes - Antennaria neglecta • (Composite family - Compositae) •


Field Pussytoes - Antennaria neglecta • (Composite family - Compositae) • There are over 36 species of Pussytoes, this being the most common. The plant appears woolly and hairy and the clusters of soft flower heads explains its common name. It spreads by runners and seems to produce a growth inhibitor that prevents other plants from growing near it.

 




County people would put the dried flower heads with their stored woolens in hopes of keeping moths away, much as Pussytoes keeps other plants away. It was also used as a shampoo to rid hair of lice.

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