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pussytoes

Antennaria spp.

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low
full sun - part shade
ground cover
1"
pink
early summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

White flowers of little-leaf pussytoes in a garden habitat
White flowers of little-leaf pussytoes in a garden habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Pussytoes thrive in a rock garden where their leafy stems flow around stones and along path margins
Pussytoes thrive in a rock garden where their leafy stems flow around stones and along path margins

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Wild pussytoes create creeping mats of foliage with ephemeral masses of upright flower stalks
Wild pussytoes create creeping mats of foliage with ephemeral masses of upright flower stalks

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

White flowers of little-leaf pussytoes in a garden habitat
White flowers of little-leaf pussytoes in a garden habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Pussytoes are a fantastic groundcover for nearly any situation. Stems bearing silver leaves creep along, flowing around rocks, other plants, and down slopes to cover exposed ground and prevent weeds from moving in. In the spring, soft catkin-like flowers are held on 12” stems, giving the plants some temporary height. We have several species available that look different but behave similarly, and they can be grown together for a patchwork quilt effect.