MOUNTAIN EVERLASTING

Antennaria dioica

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
flower
flower8lilac
inner
inner8pink
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZMany
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZdioecious

1st June 2012, Buachaille Etive Beag, Rannoch Moor, West Highlands Photo: © Gordon Anderson
A short and neat plant to 20cm with a small bunch of compact flowers atop in an umbel. Rooting runners spawn many nearby basal rosettes.


1st June 2012, Buachaille Etive Beag, Rannoch Moor, West Highlands Photo: © Gordon Anderson
White-hairy stems have short narrow lanceolate and appressed leaves.


1st June 2012, Buachaille Etive Beag, Rannoch Moor, West Highlands Photo: © Gordon Anderson
 It is dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants. Male flowers (as here) with white or pale-pink outer bracts. Female plants (not shown) have deeper pink bracts. the bracts may drop off. Inner disc florets pink to red.


1st June 2012, Buachaille Etive Beag, Rannoch Moor, West Highlands Photo: © Gordon Anderson
Basal leaves spoon-shaped with a pointed end, mid-green on top, furry white with short hairs below.



Not to be confused with : Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), which belongs to a differing genus within the same Daisy & Dandelion family (Asteraceae).

Some similarities to : Thrift (the flowers) and to Coltsfoot (the appressed leaves on the stem).

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

Grows on dry grassland and on heaths and moors, but mainly in hilly areas, often on mountains, hence the name.

The only member of the Antennaria genus in the UK (about 45 different members worldwide).


  Antennaria dioica  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Asteraceae  

Distribution
 family8Daisy & Dandelion family8Asteraceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Antennaria
Antennaria
(Mountain Everlasting)

MOUNTAIN EVERLASTING

Antennaria dioica

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]