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Antennaria plantaginifolia

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

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

Height: 0"-6"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, colonizing, creeping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, evergreen, mat-forming, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Antennaria plantaginifolia (woman's tobacco)
  • Antennaria plantaginifolia (woman's tobacco)
  • Antennaria plantaginifolia (woman's tobacco)
  • Antennaria plantaginifolia (woman's tobacco)

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Description

Antennaria plantaginifolia

Also known as:

woman's tobacco

,

pussytoes

,

plantain-leaf pussytoes

,

plantain-leaved pussytoes

,

ladies' tobacco

,

everlasting

,

mouse ear

Scientific Synonyms:

Antennaria caroliniana, Antennaria decipiens, Antennaria denikeana, Antennaria nemoralis, Antennaria petiolata, Antennaria pinetorum, Gnaphalium plantaginifolium

Description

Antennaria plantaginifolia is an unusual, yet delightful semi-evergreen, low-growing species. The leaves are paddle-shaped, up to 3" long, fuzzy and with a distinctive grey cast. The foliage stays close to the ground, forming basal rosettes. The flowering stems are stiff and erect, and rarely grow taller than 6". They form tight, whitish clusters that resemble the pads of a cat's paw, hence the common name pussytoes. Plants are dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants.

Cultivation

Woman's tobacco thrives in poor, dry soil exposed to lots of sun. The biggest risk in growing it under fertile, moist conditions, is that it can easily be crowded out by more aggressive species. Under ideal conditions, it can spread by stolons to form dense, low-growing evergreen mats. The blooming period is mid, to late spring. It is best used planted en masse in the front of a sunny border, or as specimens in a rock garden. Zones 4-8

Propagation

The easiest way to propagate, is by division. It can be propagated by seed, but they can be difficult to collect: they are attached to find hairs and quickly disperse in the wind as soon as ripe.

Additional Notes

This species is underutilized, yet worthy of more attention. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

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 plantaginifolia woman's tobacco