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Antennaria dioica

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Pussytoes (Antennaria dioica) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Antennaria dioica in bloom

Antennaria dioica in bloom

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Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  3 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  1a

Other Names:  Pussy Toes, Pussy-Toes

Ornamental Features

Pussytoes's attractive tiny tomentose narrow leaves remain silver in color throughout the year. It has balls of white flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive silver flower buds, and which are interesting on close inspection. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pussytoes is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pussytoes is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Pussytoes will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features