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Antennaria plantaginifolia

Common Name(s):
Ladies' tabacco, Plantain-leaved everlasting, Plantain-leaved pussytoes, Pussytoes
Categories:
Groundcover, Native Plants, Perennials
Comment:

This perennial native ground cover in the Asteraceae family does best planted in full sun in lean, dry rocky soil.  It suffers in soils to rich in organic matter or that drain poorly.  It forms mats of soft wooly gray stems and paddle-shaped leaves.  

No major insect or diesease problem though it can be challenging to grow if soil conditions are not met.

Season:
April-June
Height:
0.5-1 feet
Flower Color:
insignificant, white tinged with pink
Foliage:
wooly gray-green, oblong leaves that resemble a plantain plant
Flower:
Flowers are non-showy white tinged with pink and appear in the spring. Called pussytoes because of the resemblance the tight flower clusters to the toes of a cat's paw.
Zones:
3-8
Habit:
groundcover
Site:
acidic, rocky, dry, full sun, lean soils, good drainage, little organic matter
Size:
1-2 feet wide
Texture:
fine
Form:
trailing
Propagation:
stolons
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
acidic, dry, rocky
Regions:
mountains, piedmont, coastal plain
Origin:
North America
Tags:
spring blooming, native ground cover, wildlife plant, nectar plant, white flowers, full sun, pink flowers, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2879

Antennaria plantaginifolia Antennaria plantaginifolia
Bill Bumgarner, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Antennaria plantaginifolia Antennaria plantaginifolia
Bill Bumgarner, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Antennaria plantaginifolia Antennaria plantaginifolia
Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Antennaria plantaginifolia Antennaria plantaginifolia
Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org, CC BY-NC - 4.0
Antennaria plantaginifolia Antennaria plantaginifolia
Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org, CC BY-NC - 4.0