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Antennaria neglecta

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 4"-8"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: colonizing, mat-forming, rock garden plant

Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)
  • Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)
  • Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)

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Description

Antennaria neglecta

Also known as:

field pussytoes

,

pussytoes

,

pussy toes

,

prairie everlasting

Scientific Synonyms:

Antennaria angustiarum, Antennaria athabascensis, Antennaria campestris, Antennaria campestris var. athabascensis, Antennaria chelonica, Antennaria erosa, Antennaria howellii var. athabascensis, Antennaria howellii var. campestris, Antennaria longifolia, Antennaria lunellii, Antennaria nebraskensis, Antennaria neglecta var. athabascensis, Antennaria neglecta var. campestris, Antennaria parvula, Antennaria wilsonii

Description

Antennaria neglecta is a low, spreading semi-deciduous plant that can be used as an attractive and effective ground cover for dry, sunny areas. The basal leaves are oval, about 2" long and 1" across, smooth on top with hairy undersides, and cluster to form compact rosettes. The white flowers are small, but conspicuous, and form dense, fluffy clusters atop 4"-8" stems. The bloom period will vary, depending on location, between mid spring to early summer, and lasts about 3 weeks. The spent flowers dry out and retain an attractive papery appearance.

Cultivation

Antennaria neglecta is easy to grow in full to part sun, and just about any type of soil so long as it is very well drained. It is perfectly adapted to poor rocky soils, and is an ideal plant for a rock garden, however, it will also perform very well rich, fertile soil and can be used effectively in a dry sunny border. Individual plants produce a deep taproot, and will slowly colonize by means of horizontal stolons. This is a very cold hardy species. Zones 3-7

Propagation

May be propagated by seed or by division.

Additional Notes

Field pussytoes are attractive, drought tolerant, sturdy little plants that, as a bonus feature, are rather unpalatable to deer, rabbits, and other browsing animals!

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Antennaria pussytoes
Species Antennaria neglecta field pussytoes