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
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
Pricing & Availability
Antennaria plantaginifoliaAlso known as:
Antennaria caroliniana, Antennaria decipiens, Antennaria denikeana, Antennaria nemoralis, Antennaria petiolata, Antennaria pinetorum, Gnaphalium plantaginifolium
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.
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 been 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
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.
This species is underutilized, yet worthy of more attention. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
|Species||Antennaria plantaginifolia||woman's tobacco|