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Antennaria plantaginifolia

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Antennaria plantaginifolia, pussytoes, is herbaceous perennial that can grow on dry or rocky slopes and prairies. All of its leaves and flower stalks are grayish and woolly. The flowers are fuzzy and white, tinged with pink. The flowers bloom in the spring, and they can grow crowded in clusters. The plant is great ground cover, but does not grow well in humusy soils, especially if the drainage is poor. Antennaria plantaginifolia is dioecious with male and female flowers on separate plants. The male flowers typically appear on shorter flower stalks.

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LGS Notes:

Pussytoes is a favorite for hell strips, edges, & naturalizing lawns. Native pollinators will visit the flowers & several species larvae use the leaves, including the American Painted Lady butterfly.  – Cianna

Latin Name: Antennaria plantaginifolia
Common Name: Pussytoes
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Native Range: North America
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: April to June
Bloom Description: White tinged with pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground cover, naturalize
Flower: Insignificant, good dried
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, dry soil, shallow-rocky soil
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)