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Plantain-Leaved Everlasting Antennaria plantaginifolia

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an-ten-AIR-ee-uh plan-tah-JIN-ih-foh-lee-uh
Description

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

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

 

Season: April-June

Form: trailing

Propogation: stolons

Leaves may be confused with Plantago major.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Pinehurst Greenway Pollinator Habitat Garden, Moore County
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#sun#full sun#perennial#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#spring flowers#showy stems#disease resistant#NC native#insect pest tolerant#mat#trailing#woolly#native garden#groundcover#spring interest#larval host plant#food source spring#food source herbage#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#american lady butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#sun#full sun#perennial#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#spring flowers#showy stems#disease resistant#NC native#insect pest tolerant#mat#trailing#woolly#native garden#groundcover#spring interest#larval host plant#food source spring#food source herbage#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#american lady butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Antennaria
    Species:
    plantaginifolia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Canada to Eastern U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) larvae which appear from May to November. In the deep south they will appear all year long. American Lady butterflies feed on flower nectar almost exclusively.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Likes rocky, dry, lean soils, & little organic matter soils; No major insect or disease problem
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays from April to June.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are insignificant, non-showy, and white tinged with pink. They appear from March to May and are called pussytoes because of the resemblance the tight flower clusters to the toes of a cat's paw.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are woolly gray-green, oblong, and resemble a plantain plant (such as Plantago major). The leaves are paddle-shaped.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    This plant forms mats of soft woolly gray stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Dry Soil
    Insect Pests