Antennaria howellii

Antennaria howellii

''Antennaria howellii'' is a North American species in the genus ''Antennaria'' within the sunflower family. It is native to northern Alaska, much of Canada including the Arctic territories, and the northern United States as far south as northern California, Colorado and North Carolina.

''Antennaria howellii'' is an evergreen perennial plant. The form is usually basal rosettes, largely clonally propagated. The basal rosette leaves are 2–4 cm long and 6–12 mm broad, light green and spatulate, with a thin arm and a broad tip with a point. They have woolly white undersides. The flowerheads appear in May, on a stem 15–35 cm tall with smaller, slender leaves 1–4 cm long. It is commonly seen growing under pine stands.

;Subspecies
*''Antennaria howellii'' subsp. ''howellii'' - western + north-central USA, western + central Canada including Yukon
*''Antennaria howellii'' subsp. ''canadensis'' - northeastern USA, eastern + central Canada including Labrador
*''Antennaria howellii'' subsp. ''neodioica'' - Canada, northern USA
*''Antennaria howellii'' subsp. ''petaloidea'' - Canada, northern USA

The plant is named for American botanist Thomas J. Howell, who collected the first known specimens of the plant in 1887.
Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderAsterales
FamilyAsteraceae
GenusAntennaria
SpeciesA. howellii