Pussytoes (Indian Tobacco)
A densely hairy perennial plant. The fuzzy flower heads account for the name pussytoes. Flower heads in tight clusters at the tips of stalks, white to off-white; the plants are either male or female (the plants are dioecious). Styles of female florets are often crimson. Blooms April-June. Leaves are both basal and cauline (on the stems). The basal leaves are paddle-shaped on long stems with 3 prominent ribs, appear usually after flowering has started. Cauline leaves few, almost linear, short.
Similar species: Field pussytoes (A. neglecta) looks very similar, but its leaves are much smaller and have only one central vein. Look for it in fields, prairies, and open woods in northern, western, and central Missouri.