Antennaria plantaginifolia

Antennaria plantaginifolia

Beautiful and unique ground cover with soft, fuzzy leaves and flowers that resemble the pads on cats’ feet.

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Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 4-20″
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: April – July

More Detail:

Suggested Uses: Pussytoes is a host plant for Painted Lady Butterflies! It works very well in rock gardens and is a nice ground cover for dry sandy and gravelly soils with light shade. Often seen growing in patches as groundcover. Deer and rabbit resistant. Can be difficult to distinguish from Antennaria neglecta.

Native Range:  Native to the Eastern U.S. Native throughout most of the state of Minnesota.

Pollinators: Bees and flies. Larval host plant for the American Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis)!

Flowers: The 1″ flowerhead consists of 3-10 fuzzy 1/4″ flowers in a tight group at the end of a single, fuzzy stem. The flowers have female flowers on one branch and the male flowers on another. Its name is inspired by the flowers which look like the pads on cats’ feet.

Leaves: The basal leaves have long stems called petioles that extend from the base of the plant. They are gray or white underneath and green on top and have three long nerves. Both sides are hairy. The leaves attached to the stem are much smaller. They are alternate and linear to lance-shaped, and are hairy.

Interesting Facts

Other Uses: A nice dried everlasting for bouquets.

Other Names: Woman’s tobacco, Mouse Ears, Plantain-leaved Pussytoes

More Information: USDA plant profile

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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