Pussy-toes

Antennaria spp.

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Pussy-toes (Antennaria spp.)
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Genus:  Antennaria
Low-growing rosettes of long gray leaves covered in fine gray hairs and gray-white flowers in spring that resemble a cat's paw make Antennaria great plants for edging, pathways, or stone walls.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Looks great in spaces between stepping stones or on a patio. It also makes a great edging plant in dry beds. It will drape dramatically when planted on rock walls.
Care:  Provide full sun and very well-drained, dry to medium soil. Antennaria will falter in wet cool conditions.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in open frame in spring or autumn. Divide in spring.
Problems:  Phyllostica, Septoria leaf spot, powdery mildew, and smut.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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