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Antennaria plantaginifolia (Pussytoes)

Woman's Tobacco, Ladies' Tobacco, Everlasting, Mouse Ear, Plantain-leaf Pussytoes, Pussytoes, Plantain-Leaved Everlasting, Antennaria caroliniana, Antennaria decipiens, Antennaria denikeana, Antennaria nemoralis, Antennaria petiolata, Antennaria pinetorum, Antennaria plantaginifolia var. petiolata, Gnaphalium plantaginifolium


Antennaria plantaginifolia (Pussytoes) is a stoloniferous, mat-forming perennial forming a carpet of paddle-shaped, smooth leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm). In spring to early summer, the plant sends up erect stems, up to 10 in. (25 cm), boasting clusters of small, fuzzy, white flower heads tinged with pink. However, the best part of this plant is its foliage. Low maintenance, Antennaria plantaginifolia is a great small-scale groundcover for dry, gritty to rocky locations in full sun. A cute-looking little plant for the rock garden or rocky slopes.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 10-18 in. wide (25-45 cm). Will spread by stolons to form an attractive ground cover.
  • Performs best in full sun in in lean, gritty to rocky, acidic, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Grows poorly in fertile, humus-rich soils, particularly if soils are not sharply drained. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect as a groundcover for rock gardens, for rocky slopes, prairies and meadows.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Cut back if the plant gets to floppy.
  • Propagate by division.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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