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This (Antennaria dioica) is a common plant in the subalpine zone and in the lowland woods and higher up in the mountains too. You get it in different colors between red and white. The red ones are showiest.
I've not felt comfortable trying to name the small silver Antennarias, which are common here, and at all of the various sites I have visited in Alberta-- dry southern badlands, Aspen parklands east of here, foothills, montane zones, higher up, etc; I have read they are especially prone to the self fertilisation causing numerous clones as opposed to cohesive species, which we were discussing re: Taraxacum etcI have real doubts about labelling species in this genus based on pink flowers, at least in my area-- patches of otherwise identical pink and white flowered plants grow side by side-- knowing that they may not be interbreeding suggests they could be separate 'species', but by that measure so could individual plants of the same colour :rolleyes:
In any event, they are common as I said, and have done very well for themselves in heavily grazed pastures here, and will grow well in sun or shadier places (not so common in woodlands, but used to being shaded by grasses etc)--there is a patch remaining from bits I planted as a teen in a long gone bit of rock garden which is now on the north side of grown up spruce trees..If anyone is still interested in pink flowering Antennaria next summer, I can mark a plant to collect seed, or very easily take a few cuttings which grow very easily....I think the genus deserves its own thread, if it doesn't have one already ;D I'm very interested in those with black phyllaries (is this the word I want? just went blank) and with single heads...