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Antennaria plantaginifolia is often confused with:
Plantago major Plantago major
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Armeria maritima Armeria maritima
Arabis caucasica Arabis caucasica
Phlox nivalis Phlox nivalis

Plantain-Leaved Pussytoes Antennaria plantaginifolia

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.

Cultivars:
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Cultivars:
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#native#white#butterflies#pink#sun#full sun#spring#perennial#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#spring flowers#dry soil#rocky soil#showy stems#disease resistant#insect pest tolerant#mat#trailing#woolly#ground cover
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Antennaria
    Species:
    plantaginifolia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    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)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are insignificant, non-showy, and white tinged with pink. They appear in the spring 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:
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Dry Soil
    Insect Pests