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Antennaria solitaria

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

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

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

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

Height: 4"-5"

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: white, green

Leaf Color: green, gray-green, white

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: colonizing, creeping, drought tolerant, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Antennaria solitaria (singlehead pussytoes)
  • Antennaria solitaria (singlehead pussytoes)

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Description

Antennaria solitaria

Also known as:

singlehead pussytoes

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single-headed pussytoes

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Antennaria solitaria is a low growing groundcover. Plants form mats not taller than 5". The species name can be translated as "single antenna". This is a reference to its solitary flower that appears atop a short stem and is said to resemble an insect antenna. The flower forms a greenish-white orb. The leaves emerge white, changing to gray-green and green as they mature.

Cultivation

Antennaria solitaria is a tough little plant. It can be placed in part-sun to full shade, and is well adapted to poor, dry soils. It colonizes by runners and is a suitable groundcover for use in a shade or rock garden. Don not mulch. Blooms mi-spring: April, May. Zones 6-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division.

Additional Notes

The genus common name "pussytoes" is a reference to the form of the open flowers, that resembles stubby, furry toes.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: PA
  • Threatened: MD

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 solitaria singlehead pussytoes