Antennaria howellii
Family: Asteraceae
Howell's pussy-toes
Antennaria howellii image
from USDA Plants website  
Etymology: Antennaria: from the Latin antenna, because of the resemblance of the male flowers to insect antennae
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb; fibrous roots with colony-forming stolons
Leaves: alternate, upper leaves white-hairy, basal leaves mostly hairless, only mid-vein distinct; main leaves less than 1/2" wide
Flowers: head white to pinkish, brush-like with numerous, tubular disk flowers, no rays; inflorescence a terminal cluster; blooms April-June
Fruits: on dense fluffy pappus
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; fields, woods, prairies; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native