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Pussy-Toes Antennaria solitaria

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
an-ten-AR-ee-uh sol-ih-TAR-ee-a
Description

Antennaria solitaria is a great option to be used as a ground cover on shady, dry slopes; however, you it is best not to mulch the plant. This plant spreads by runners.

Habitat: Forests and woodlands, often mesic

Soil: Average soil

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Rydberg'
'Rydberg'
Tags:
#white#partial shade#perennial#white leaves#wildlife plant#deep shade#shade tolerant#spring flowers#slopes#NC native#dappled sunlight#woolly#groundcover#spring interest#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source spring#food source herbage#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#american lady butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Rydberg'
'Rydberg'
Tags:
#white#partial shade#perennial#white leaves#wildlife plant#deep shade#shade tolerant#spring flowers#slopes#NC native#dappled sunlight#woolly#groundcover#spring interest#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source spring#food source herbage#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#american lady butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Antennaria
    Species:
    solitaria
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South 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.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays from April to June.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    This plant has a cluster of fuzzy, pussy toe-shaped flowers on long stalk. Blooms from March to May.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 2- to 3-inch, spoon-shaped. New growth is white but changes to green with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heavy Shade