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Antennaria racemosa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Antennaria
  • Disynanthus Raf.
  • Gnaphalium sect. Antennaria (Gaertn.) Miq.
  • Chamaezelum Link
  • Antennaria Link ex Fr.
  • Cyttarium Peterm.

Antennaria is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the family Asteraceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with one species (A. chilensis) in temperate southern South America; the highest species diversity is in North America. Common names include catsfoot or cat's-foot, pussytoes and everlasting.[1][2][4]

Different Antennaria species reach between 10 cm and 50 cm in height. The leaves are basal and often stem leaves. The name Antennaria refers to the projecting stamens seen on the flowers of some species, resembling insect antennae.[5]

Antennaria species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Vanessa virginiensis (American painted lady),[6] Coleophora pappiferella (which feeds exclusively on A. dioica), Schinia verna (which feeds on several Antennaria species).

Selected species[edit]


  • Antennaria × erigeroides Greene (pro sp.)
  • Antennaria × foliacea Greene (pro sp.)
  • Antennaria × macounii Greene (pro sp.)
  • Antennaria × oblancifolia E.Nels. (pro sp.)



  1. ^ a b Gaertner 1791, p. 410.
  2. ^ a b Gaertner 1791, Tab. CLXVII: line drawings of flowers and flower heads of A. dioica.
  3. ^ Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Antennaria". County-level distribution maps from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2013.
  5. ^ Bayer, Randall J. "Antennaria". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). 19, 20 and 21. New York and Oxford – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  6. ^ Hilty, John (2016). "Plantain-Leaved Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia)". Illinois Wildflowers.

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