Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: poor, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green, silver
Hardiness Zone: 6
Additional Tags: colonizing, mat-forming, rock garden plant
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Antennaria virginicaAlso known as:
shale barren pussytoes,
Endemic to a limited area of the Appalachians, the shale-barren pussytoe is a low spreading semi deciduous plant forming attractive colonies of half dollar size rosettes of small silvery leaves and fuzzy, white flower clusters atop 4"-8" stems. The spent flowers dry out and retain an attractive papery appearance.
Antennaria virginica is an ideal groundcover for poor, shaley, or sandy soil. It can be a welcome addition to any rock garden. It prefers dry conditions with a southern or western exposure. Part sun to full sun. Spring bloom time, April and May. Zone 6
May be propagated by seed or division.
Rare in it's native range, much of the Antennaria virginica flora is unknown. The plant is considered threatened due to the destruction of it\'s habitat by surface mining.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
MD, OH, PA, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Rare: PA
- Threatened: OH
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