Antennaria dioica (NL: Rozenkransje / EN: Catsfoot, Mountain Everlasting, Cudweed, Stoloniferous Pussytoes / DE: Gewöhnliches Katzenpfötchen / FR: Pied de chat dioïque) is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is found in cool temperate regions of Europe and Asia, and also in North America in Alaska only. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 10–20 cm tall, with a rosette of basal spoon-shaped leaves 4 cm long, and 1 cm broad at their broadest near the apex; and smaller leaves arranged spirally up the flowering stems. The flowers are produced in capitulae (flowerheads) 6–12 mm diameter with pale pink ray florets and darker pink disc florets. It is dioecious, but can also reproduce without fertilisation. It is found in groups which can be all-female colonies, all-male colonies, and also mixed colonies. The male plants have whiter flowerheads than female plants. The plant in the image is a very nice coloured female plant.
Image: Tschierv (CH) – 13/07/2012
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