Hello everyone and welcome back to our wildflower series! Today’s wildflower is Muffin’s favorite, the “field pussytoes”. There are actually several species of pussytoes and they are hard to identify, even by experts. Some say there are 6 species and others go as high as 32 species. They are all very similar and a couple are fairly easy to identify, like this one, and another that we also have which is the “plantain-leaved pussytoes”. They have both male and female flowers on different plants, the ones above are female flowers. I wasn’t able to find any male flowers last year, though obviously there must have been some around. The bloom from April to June, though up here it’s usually late May to early July. The field pussytoes can be found right across Canada. They are soft and furry, like a cat’s toes, which is why the name. They like sunny locations but will grow in light shade. They also like it on the dry side and will often grow in very poor sandy or gravel like soil. I hope you all have a fantastic day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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