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Antennaria virginica

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 4"-8"

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, silver

Hardiness Zone: 6

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

Flowers of Antennaria virginica (shale barren pussytoes).
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Antennaria virginica

Also known as:

shale barren pussytoes




pussy toes

Scientific Synonyms:

Antennaria neglecta var. argillicola, Antennaria virginica var. argillicola


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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Rare: PA
  • Threatened: OH


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
Species Antennaria virginica shale barren pussytoes