Antennaria plantaginifolia

Plantain-leaved Pussytoes

Plant Type:

SUN PERENNIALS

Antennaria plantaginifolia - Pussytoes! Soft white little Gomphrena-like flowers cluster at the tops of felted stems April, May and possibly into June. The common moniker is actually Plantain-leaved Pussytoes but can also be found under the name Woman's Tobacco whatever that means. Green leaves are ruggedly green with silvery undersides. The leaves of A. plantaginifolia are broader than those of A. neglecta. Each leaf displays 3 to 5 noticeable veins as compared to the 1 or 2 in Antennaria neglecta. Flowers will rise 6 to 8 inches tall with the foliage growing 2 to possibly 3 inches high. Plant width may be 3 to 4 inches. But once established it will spread from underground rhizomes and with alacrity. Antennaria plantaginifolia will form a dense and relatively weed-proof groundcover. Minnesota south to Louisiana plus Texas, Oklahoma; Missouri due north extending into Canada where it is sporadic but from the central U.S. line is found in all states east to the Atlantic Ocean. Can be seen roadside in colonies - that suggest that relatively impoverished, draining conditions is what Plantain-leaved Pussytoes prefers. Exposure is full to part sun. Good, fun plant for the rockery or in a sandy, patchy climax lawn, on sunny banks as and edger in a full sun wild garden. Established potted plant(s) from rhizome division.


Height:

6-8 in

Spread:

3-4 in

Colors:

White

Characteristics and Attributes for Antennaria plantaginifolia

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees

Light

  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Bank
  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Edging
  • Ground Cover
  • Natural Garden
  • Meadow / Field
  • Massing

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid

Soil

  • Adaptable
  • Scrabbled
  • Average
  • Fertile
  • Sandy
  • Draining

Origins

  • Central and Eastern U.S.

Propagated By

  • Division