Antennaria plantaginifolia

Common name: Pussytoes

Native plant

Commonly called “pussy toes” because the flowers have the look of the little toe of kittens. It is also one of the main hosts of the American Painted Lady butterfly. In fact, the caterpillars for this little butterfly show up every year in our greenhouses. The silvery green leaves are held close to the ground, and the flowers are held on stalks 10 to 14 inches above that. An interesting thing about this plant is that it seems to be able to keep larger plants at bay. They don’t seem to want to grow near it!

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands

Growth form

Ground cover, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

White

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
6 Inches
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
10 Inches
Max width
2 Feet

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