Montana Outdoors

July 6, 2009

Pussytoes

I’ve been ignoring these little things and have been remiss in doing so: when seen up close they are very pretty!

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes,
Antennaria microphylla

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  1. Oh, they are really pretty. And, of course, I’ve never heard of these either. Are they furry like pussy willows?

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    Comment by Candace — July 7, 2009 @ 12:03 am

    • These are quite small and generally overlooked. They are more dense than pussy willows.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 8:46 am

  2. Here’s another new one for me Montucky! I especially like that last shot.

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    Comment by Cedar — July 7, 2009 @ 4:23 am

    • They are native only to the western US and Canada for some reason.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 8:49 am

  3. Oooh I love these!

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    Comment by Tabbie — July 7, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    • I do too, Tabbie. I think lots of people miss them because unless you look at them very closely they don’t appear to be flowers.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 9:18 am

  4. Nice! I never know what treasures I’ll find when I stop by for a visit.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — July 7, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    • The parade of flowers this year has been amazing. We did have a cold, snowy winter and a wet spring. Must have been that combination that brought them all out.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  5. oooh…too cute and too sweet! love that last one with all the pink!!! ;o)

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    Comment by Stacey — July 7, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    • This is one flower that is pretty well named, I think. Somehow it fits. Those pink petals are very small and very delicate.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  6. I particularly like the second image. The color combination is great!

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    Comment by edvatza — July 7, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  7. I know they are not actually pussywillos, but is there any evolutionary connection between the two.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 7, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    • No connection at all despite the similar look. These are very small plants.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  8. you need to publish a book!! truly, you are the wildflower king!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — July 7, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    • I would like to see some of these photos used in a wildflower book, but I really don’t have enough knowledge of the plants myself to produce one.

      I am pleased though that several conservation groups are using some of my photos on their websites and will be using some in publications.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

  9. Now that is a beautiful little flower. Photo is very colorful.

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    Comment by Preston Surface — July 8, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    • Like so many wildflowers, these are small and usually overlooked, but very pretty.

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      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  10. And they are really called pussy toes?-how clever is that. Wonder who all those creative people were who first gave wildflowers their common names.

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    Comment by Bo — July 10, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    • This time I think the namers did pretty well, Bo. They used some imagination and perhaps intuition.

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2009 @ 6:27 pm


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