Plant Common Name
A mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial from mountains and dry plains of western and northern North America, rosy pussytoes is grown for its fuzzy pink flowers and its downy gray foliage.
This hardy perennial spreads via underground rhizomes to form low carpets of small spoon-shaped leaves with silvery felt-like surfaces. Small disc-shaped heads of pink to white flowers appear atop short leafy stems in spring or early summer. Flowerheads of female plants have numerous soft bristles, giving them a furry appearance (thus the common name "pussytoes"). The flowerheads of male plants contain few or no bristles. Most pink pussytoe plants in the wild and in gardens are self-fertile females that do not require pollination to produce seed.
Pink pussytoes thrives in sun and well-drained soil. It fares poorly in hot humid climates. It will tolerate light foot traffic. For a tidier appearance, cut back spent flower stalks. Use this charming North American native as a small-scale groundcover for dry sunny walls, banks, and terraces.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8
A1, A2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16
Full Sun, Partial Sun
1"-3" / 2.5cm - 7.6cm
10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
North-Central United States, Western United States, Canada
Alpine, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Sharp or Has Thorns